Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Ten Gippsland Cricket Clubs are amongst the 93 grassroots clubs across the state benefiting from more than $250,000 in facility upgrades, equipment and programs to encourage even more people to strap on their pads.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing, said the club will receive a total of $24431.28 in funding from the Victorian Government’s Community Cricket Program’s Club Capacity and Workforce Development Grants.

It’s part of a broader Victorian Government initiative with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia to deliver a $12.4 million program to give our cricketers the facilities they deserve and build Victoria’s status as the sporting capital of Australia.

The Community Cricket Program: On Common Ground is creating new opportunities for Victorians of all ages and abilities to enjoy our national summer pastime, no matter where they live.

As part of the program, the Club Capacity and Workforce Development Grants will deliver $800,000 over four years to help clubs undertake minor facility upgrades, buy equipment or run programs that build the base of players, coaches, umpires and volunteers.

Projects funded in this round include upgrades to practice nets, training for club administrators and coaches, and equipment such helmets, rollers, mowers and pitch covers.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing:

“Victoria is the fastest growth state for cricket, and here in Gippsland we’re working hard to create even more opportunities to discover our next international superstar batter or bowler.”

“These grants will help these Gippsland Cricket Clubs grow by inspiring even more young cricketers to get involved at their local club and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Quotes attributable to Tony Dodemaide, Chief Executive Officer, Cricket Victoria

“Cricket has a big summer ahead and as a sport growing in participation, these grants are helping to upskill the coaches and volunteers that support the growth, the equipment for new participants to club cricket and support the maintenance of the pitches and cricket nets all over Victoria.”