Mountain peaks, the classic green and gold and the culture of bringing families together. What do these items possibly have in common, you ask? These are words to describe Glasshouse Districts Cricket Club.
The Glasshouse Districts Cricket is one with heart; located in the picturesque Glass House Mountains, this club is bringing together the rural cricket community of the sunshine coast hinterland to create great things. Focused on building an era of success through player development, strong family culture and a clear sense of belonging, the club, has seen steady growth over the last few years.
Say “hi” to Jeremy Schultz
Recently we had the pleasure of catching up with Club President – Jeremy Schultz where we got to chat about Glasshouse Districts Cricket Club.
Q: Tell us a bit about your club.
Glasshouse Districts Cricket Club has been around for as long as I can remember. We were
established back in 1927, and then merged with the clubs at Beerwah and Landsborough in 1949.
Now, we have 5 senior men’s teams, 3 senior women’s teams and 8 junior sides – which is a significant increase on previous seasons across all numbers, and a big achievement considering the difficulties we faced throughout the pandemic.
It’s nice to know we’re doing something right. As president – and someone who’s been a part of the club on and off over the years since I was a kid – I’m proud of where we’re at, and where we’re going.
Q. What has been your main goal over the last 12 months?
Our aim over the last 12 months has been to connect with new members and work on campaigns to promote our brand across social media.
We have a dedicated group of volunteers who are very passionate about GDCC and ensuring that our offering is in line with what’s going to be best for the big catchment that we need to supply cricket for. And we’ve developed a culture that reflects that passion, which is what’s most attractive to our members.
Q. What are you most proud of about being a part of the club?
We’re lucky enough to receive great feedback from the community. Recently, we also received recognition from Queensland Cricket. They actually awarded us “Club of the Year” for the 2021-22 season – which means we’re scoring runs when it comes to our efforts across a range of areas.
It was great to get that validation. It goes to show that all the hard work we’ve been doing, and the investments we’ve been making, have been worth it.
Q. What sets you apart from other clubs?
We’re committed to servicing our community both on and off the field, and doing our best to improve the experience of our members. We care about more than competition – we’re striving to improve the lives of our members and our community.
We frequently run initiatives that shed light on issues faced by men, women and First Nations peoples, because we’re not just community-friendly – we’re community-centric.
That means we’re offering a place where everyone feels like they belong – they’re safe, they’re welcomed, they’re important. We want our members of all ages and backgrounds to feel accepted, as though they have an outlet and can express themselves in any way they want.
Q. What does the future look like for your club?
We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing, which should hopefully lead to more growth. We hope to keep sharing our passion for the sport, and everything it entails, with our community.
We want people to keep coming back – for more than just the cricket.