Funding to help boost cricket clubs

Cricket clubs and councils can apply for support to fund projects to help boost participation and benefit the whole community.

Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen MP said there is $6 million available for cricket clubs through the upcoming 2020 ICC World T20 Legacy Fund.

“We know that sports like cricket have many proven health, social and economic benefits and it is a priority for Upper Hunter to foster participation in the region,” Mr Johnsen said.

The ICC World T20 Legacy Fund will be delivered over three years to support grass roots through to elite level cricket participation.

“The NSW Government leads the way in its support of women’s sport in Australia, and this fund specifically nurture the participation pathways for our local female cricket players,” Mr Johnsen said.

Chief executive officer of Cricket NSW, Andrew Jones said cricket is a global sport, and the World T20 will witness 1.5 billion viewers tune in to 14 NSW matches.

“Currently there are 400,000 grass roots players participating in cricket in NSW, and I am confident that the upcoming ICC World T20 tournament will draw more players to the sport,” Mr Jones said.

“This first round of funding provides an exciting opportunity for councils and local clubs to consider projects that provide long-term benefits to local communities.”

Successful projects between $5,000 and $250,000 will be funded up to 50 per cent of projects costs.

Applications close July 13, 2018. More information can be found at www.sport.nsw.gov.au/nsw-sports-events/worldt20.