About The Lord’s Taverners
The idea of a club for actors and members of allied professions was the brainchild of a group of cricket-loving actors who habitually watched cricket from the Tavern at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. In 1950 this club was named The Lord’s Taverners and registered as a charity dedicated to the promotion of cricket among young people.
The Lord’s Taverners Australia was founded in 1982 by John Darling ( a direct descendant of Australia’s 10th Test captain, Joe Darling).After some discussion, it was agreed that the new organization would be separate from the parent body with the only official link between the two bodies being a common 12th man – HRH Prince Phillip.
So today,The Lord’s Taverners Australia is a Federated autonomous organisation with branches in all States and Territories and approximately 3000 members. These members come from all walks of life, with media, the professions, the arts, entertainment and business communities being well represented. What we have in common is a love of sport generally, a love of cricket in particular, but most importantly a desire to raise money to support disadvantaged and/or handicapped young people.
As a charitable association it is the primary aim of The Lord’s Taverners Australia to raise money through membership subscription, sponsorship, fund raising activities and donations. Our financial disbursement program is balanced across a number of worthy causes including the provision of sporting facilities, equipment and opportunities for underprivileged and/or disadvantaged young people. These young people assisted may be disadvantaged by financial constraints, geographical isolation or a physical or intellectual disability.
For example, we were a sponsor of the Indigenous team that recently toured England and are the major sponsor of the Aus Rapid Tri-nations tournament for mentally and physically impaired cricketers to be held in Melbourne later this year. In addition we support blind and deaf cricket.
Since its inception in 1982, the organisation has raised and disbursed more than $10 million in cash and kind, with current disbursements of cash alone in the order of $300,000 annually.
A secondary, but equally important aim, is to ensure the type of fund-raising event organised, and the way that it is run, generates enjoyment and fellowship among members and guests.
Sponsorships, donations and assistance are welcomed from Companies and individuals who empathise with the cause and who are in a position to help.
THE NATIONAL BODY
The Lord’s Taverners Australia has a National Body, which is a Council, that meets annually to formulate policy and from time to time to give guidance to the State and Territory branches. It also coordinates grants for Australia-wide activities, details of which can be found under the heading “National Body.
The Council, which meets annually, is comprised of the Executive (National President, Chairman and Secretary)as well as a representative from each of the branches.
Each Branch, which has its own President, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee, acts within broad national guidelines but is free to implement its own programs in seeking to fulfill locally defined objectives.
Contact details for each branch can be found by visiting the “Contact Us” section.
The team to be coached by Cricket Victoria’s Bruce Nunn and assisted by Queensland Cricket’s Nev Paulsen, both Cricket Australia level three coaches, will look to keep the Australian Team’s successful record having won all Tri Series to date (2005, 2007 and 2009).
Shawn Walford NSW
Coach: Bruce Nunn VIC
Assistant Coach: Nev Paulsen QLD
Team Manager: Greg Brown - The Lord’s Taverners Australia
Head of Delegation: Juhi McInerney – Cricket Australia