Company History and Profile
Once again, 2012 brings more changes, upgrades and additions for the Cricket Centre. We have new staff, a new store, new gear, an upgraded website and a fresh new catalogue all to make your shopping experience the best it can be. Read on for more…
The Cricket Centre was established in 1973 as a coaching and training centre in a large warehouse in Albion, Brisbane. Head coach at the time was Peter Philpott a former Australian leg spinner.
In 1977 Greg Chappell joined the Cricket Centre team whilst playing for Queensland and Australia and the centre was renamed to reflect his involvement. The annual catalogue has become a bible to cricketers worldwide, offering the biggest selection of the biggest brands. This coupled with a team of passionate and experienced cricketers sees a reputation founded on the ability to offer expert advice and friendly efficient service, on all of the latest developments in cricket equipment.
During the early 1990's the focus moved away from coaching and 'The Cricket Centre,’ backed by years of experience became the market leader in direct cricket retailing. Our Melbourne store was opened at 43 Dudley Street through the acquisition of 'Bat & Ball'. In 1997, Ian Healy was appointed a director of the company and has been instrumental in the expansion of the business ever since.
In 2004 The Cricket Centre was presented with the opportunity of opening a store at North Sydney Oval. Today the North Sydney Oval is the venue for State One Day cricket, including Sydney Grade cricket.
Our fifth specialist store, and our second in Brisbane location was opened at 130 Compton Rd Underwood, ready for the start of the 2005 / 2006 season. This provided the south side of Brisbane with a specialist cricket store and a viable location for customers from the Gold Coast, Ipswich and the growing Southern Queensland corridor.
The 2006/2007 season saw The Cricket Centre on the move again, this time with the relocation of the Clayton store to a more customer friendly location on the Princes Highway.
The 2009/2010 brought more changes and growth for the Cricket Centre business. In July 2009, the Cricket Centre announced the opening of 2 new stores. These stores are located in Derwent Park, Tasmania, and Fyshwick, Canberra. The opening of these 2 new stores gave our customers access to our excellent range of products and knowledgeable staff, all the way down the east coast of Australia.
Our second NSW store, located in Rosebery, gives our customers in the South-East of Sydney the chance to have a local Cricket Centre store. Again stocked with the world’s leading cricket products, at the best prices, our expert staff are keen to help you chose the best equipment.
Our continual commitment to upgrading and enhancing our website www.cricketcentre.com.au gives customers the ability to research and purchase cricket gear from anywhere in Australia or the world, with the confidence that all purchases are made in a fully secure and risk free environment. In 2011, the Cricket Centre will launch ‘Power Play’ rewards – a rewards program for all our loyal customers. Watch the website for more details. Additionally, the members section of the website has also been upgraded, so check it out!
We also now have Facebook and Twitter – welcome the Cricket Centre to social networking!
38 years of history plus the ability to enhance modern ideas and trends has positioned the Greg Chappell Cricket Centre as a market leader stocking a huge range of the best specialist cricket equipment.
We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to one of our 8 stores nationally.
Until then, Happy Cricketing!
The Greg Chappell Cricket Centre is dedicated to keeping our customers information secure. We do not pass customer details on to anyone and we use this information only to identify orders, provide monthly newsletters or our yearly catalogue.