Players from two of Australia’s leading sporting codes, cricket and AFL, have united in an alliance against youth homelessness, calling on sporting fans to show their support for Ladder this BBL season.

This meeting of codes took place at a very special event this afternoon where up to 100 children had Etihad Stadium to themselves for a special night of cricket fun under the roof. This event marked a new partnership between Ladder and BBL team, the Melbourne Renegades.

In addition to hosting this event with support from Etihad Stadium, the Melbourne Renegades provided a number of work experience opportunities for young people from the Ladder program.

Australian cricketer and Melbourne Renegades player Peter Siddle and Hawthorn Premiership Captain, Luke Hodge gathered at the event to show their support for Ladder and this new partnership with the Renegades.

Ladder CEO, Elisabeth Tuckey, said youth homelessness was an issue that needed to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“Tonight in Australia, there will be more 105,000 people homeless. That’s enough people to fill Etihad Stadium twice, and 44,000 of those will be young people.

The Melbourne Renegades have backed calls for greater action against youth homelessness.

“Today, we are proud to be providing this opportunity to young people in the Ladder program. We are proud to be supporting this important cause and taking real action.

Young people from the Ladder program had the opportunity to tour Etihad Stadium and also assist with the running of the cricket clinic that was held on the grounds.

“We know that employment and training opportunities are crucial in helping young people to build capacity and ultimately transition into independence. The young people will work alongside Cricket Victoria staff to run clinics for more than 100 junior cricket fans on the grounds of Etihad Stadium,” Mr Coventry said.

Ladder CEO, Elisabeth Tuckey said work placement opportunities play a significant role in assisting young people break the cycle of youth homelessness.

“Thank you to the Melbourne Renegades and Etihad Stadium for providing young people with this significant opportunity and an experience to remember,” Ms Tuckey said.

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