Maccas helps keep kids safe at the crease
CRICKET: Junior cricket in Grafton has been given a welcome boost thanks to a community initiative from McDonald's and Cricket NSW.
The program aims to ensure all junior cricket clubs have access to the latest safety equipment, encouraging the youth of NSW to lead a safe and active lifestyle.
Clarence River Junior Cricket Association has received eight of the newest Masuri cricket helmets, featuring the latest stemguard protection.
Facilitated by McDonald's and Cricket NSW, the helmets have been bought to share with the state's junior cricket clubs throughout metro and regional NSW.
With new helmet standards introduced countrywide in the 2016/2017 season, the new equipment provided by Cricket NSW and McDonald's will assist associations like the CRJCA with the transition by relieving some of the financial burden associated with the evolution.
Licensee of Grafton McDonald's David Munro said it was a proud moment for the franchise as they look to further the involvement of burgeoning junior talent.
"We are proud to be supporting the local community and provide local teams with helmets to encourage a safe and active lifestyle," Munro said.
"We hope to see great things from the Clarence River Junior Cricket Association in the upcoming season and we'll be cheering them on the whole way."
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said the partnership between the organisation and McDonald's had opened up more pathways for development in the sport.
"We are proud to be partnering on this initiative with McDonald's who has been a long-term supporter of developing cricket in NSW," he said. "Cricket is a sport for all and we are committed to making cricket as safe as it is fun for every girl and boy in NSW.
"This partnership with McDonald's means that all junior clubs right across the state has the opportunity for their teams to play with the latest in protection technology."
McDonald's Grafton has been a long-term supporter of junior sport and has recently signed up as major sponsor to the association for the 2016/17 season.