Joining the Association for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons as our shirt sponsor is global restaurant chain McDonald’s. Since the first restaurant opened in Illinois, USA in 1954, the fast-food chain has now established over 36,000 restaurants in 119 countries.
McDonald’s arrived on Australian shores in 1971 when the doors opened in Yagoona, NSW and now, almost 50 years later, there are 970 McDonald’s locations around Australia. Their presence in Australia has seen them make a significant contribution to local communities, not only employing over 100,000 people across the country but also investing heavily in sponsorship of sporting organisations and other community initiatives.
The Bradman Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust, was established in 1987 with the support of Sir Donald Bradman AC to promote cricket as a valuable cultural and sporting force within the community.
The Foundation’s dedication to honour the contribution Sir Donald Bradman made to the game of cricket during his lifetime is now found in the Bradman Gallery located at the heart of The International Cricket Hall of Fame, a space dedicated to a deeper exploration of Bradman the man, as well as his incredible cricketing achievements.
The Foundation also regularly hosts exhibition matches and special events on the adjacent historic and picturesque Bradman Oval. A special focus by the Foundation is the development of youth through cricket. This goal is reflected through the opportunities offered by the Foundation to young cricketers which include university scholarships, sponsorship of youth cricket, and the long-established annual Bradman Coaching Camps.
Together with Sir Donald Bradman, the Foundation commenced the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year Award which is annually announced during the Annual Cricket Australia Awards evening in Melbourne.