Coverdrive is scoring major point with public schools in the Southern Highlands

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Coverdrive Program Summary

The Bradman Foundation’s Coverderive program uses sport to engage students with disabilities and together they are building a brighter future.

Now in its second year, Coverdrive uses sport based activities and values to teach social skills that flow into every aspect of their life. While having fun and learning different skills the students also learn to play together fairly, share, make decisions, be positive, co-operate and have a go.

Amanda Sutton, Head Teacher Support at Bowral High School said,

‘One of the senior boys found mainstream sport so intimidating he had increased anxiety about it. He is really enjoying Coverdrive at Bradman Oval. So much so that is has become one of his favourite activities. To see him participate, laugh and join in the way he does is an absolute delight.’

It’s just not cricket. During the cooler months the students are introduced to touch football, soccer and AFL. The Bradman Foundation, a not for profit charity, funds specialist coaches to deliver weekly sessions for the public schools with the help of like-minded charities such as KKKK, Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids.

Bradman‘s Cricket Officer Jock McIllhatton, head coach of the program, has monitored the success over the past couple of years and said,

‘When we started this program in term one of 2016, the participation rate of those that attended was about 70% and by the end of term it was 100%. The improvement in students’ social skills has been noticed by their teachers in the classroom and on the playground.’ Hence our motto “playing for a brighter future” !

Support for the program is also growing. The AFL has donated 4 size five synthetic footballs that are perfect for teaching the students the basics of the game. The smaller balls are lighter and easier to kick and catch.

One Moss Vale High student said,

‘I like to kick the ball and play touch football and play soccer and meet new friends from Bowral High School.’

The number of students participating continues to grow, along with the satisfaction from the coaches, teachers and parents with the outcomes.

The Coverdrive program is designed to be a consistent, routine like program of physical activities for children with a range of disabilities. Importantly, the goal is to engage the students through enjoyable and inclusive sporting activities.

Download PDF version of Coverdrive Program summary.

Click here for further information regarding the Coverdrive Program.

Contact Jock if you would like more information about participating in the program – [email protected].

If you are interested in contributing to the ongoing cost of the Coverdrive Program, please contact Rina Hore [email protected].


The Bradman Foundation is a not for profit charitable trust that prides itself on being the heritage custodians of cricket. The Foundation preserves the heritage of the game while delivering Sir Donald Bradman’s commitment to the future of the game through development at youth level and within the wider community.

The Foundation runs the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame. Through its recent acquisition of historical cricket prints, the Foundation has been able to fill significant gaps in the Museum’s pictorial collection.

The Bradman Foundation’s Coverdrive program teaches sport based activities and values to public school students with disabilities. The kids learn social skills and how to engage with others, which flows into every aspect of their lives. One of the goals of Coverdrive is to engage the students through enjoyable and inclusive sporting activities.

Please consider making a fully tax deductible donation to the Bradman Foundation to support the future of these valuable programs that we have been able to provide for 20 years.

We aim to raise $500,000 each year. Donations of $2 and over are fully tax-deductible and we will send you a receipt for this purpose. Click here to make a donation online OR download a form.

Your donation will help to:

  • maintain the historic collection;
  • research the province of objects;
  • maintain and prepare Bradman Oval;
  • run special cricket related youth programs such as Coverdrive and School Sports Australia;
  • employ staff; and
  • administer cost of the charitable programs.

With your assistance, the Bradman Foundation can continue to honour the heritage and development of cricket world-wide and educate youth through the game and Sir Donald’s values of courage, honour, humility, integrity, determination and respect.

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