7 June 2019

Local cricket grants available now for summers to come

| Ian Campbell
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A strategy is being developed with local schools and cricket clubs aimed at growing the sport. Photo: ESC

Photo: Eurobodalla Shore Council

Despite the region’s pitches being frozen, cricket is a talking point again thanks to the One Day World Cup being played in the UK. Clubs and councils are being urged to think about the local seasons ahead and apply for $2 million in grants to help their cricket community.

Member for Monaro John Barilaro is encouraging fans to take advantage of the opportunity to improve cricketing facilities across the electorate through Round two of the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund.

“The NSW Government has ensured grassroots cricket in regional and suburban areas benefit from NSW hosting games at the women’s and men’s ICC T20 World Cup tournaments,” Mr Barilaro says.

“I urge the local cricket community to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

“The NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Legacy Fund enables clubs and councils in the Monaro to improve local cricket facilities, increase participation and attract major cricket events.”

Minister for Sport John Sidoti says the ICC T20 World Cup will be an amazing spectacle of the world’s best male and female cricketers.

“The ICC T20 World Cup is the format’s pinnacle competition and the atmosphere at games will be electric,” Mr Sidoti says

“Sydney will host 14 matches across the Men’s and Women’s ICC T20 World Cup tournaments, including three of the four semi-finals in both tournaments and the Women’s Opening Celebration at Sydney Showground Stadium between Australia and India.

“The T20 Legacy Fund is about giving back to local cricket clubs and I encourage clubs, associations and councils in the Monaro electorate to take advantage of this once in a generation opportunity.”

Fifty-five projects received $1.96 million in funding in Round 1 of the grant program in 2018. Round 2 will see another $2 million available for new facilities and programs to drive participation.

Applications for the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Legacy Fund are open now and will close July 8.

For further information on the Legacy Fund check the Office of Sport website.

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