Cricket clubs in the Central Coast and the Hunter are encouraged to apply for $6 million in funds made available through the upcoming 2020 ICC World T20 Legacy Fund which opens on Monday 28th May.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC encouraged local clubs to apply for projects which will support local cricket participation and benefit the whole community.
“We know that sports like cricket have many proven health, social and economic benefits and it is a priority for the Central Coast and the Hunter to foster participation in the region,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The Central Coast and the Hunter have a proud history of cricket participation, and the fund offers an excellent opportunity for clubs and association to form partnerships with local councils to improve the quality and quantity of community facilities.”
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres 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 female cricket players,” Mr Ayres said.
“Just last week we launched the ‘Future Matildas’ initiative to support the training and education for our rising female football stars.”
Andrew Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Cricket NSW said that 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 13th July 2018. More information can be found at www.sport.nsw.gov.au/nsw-sports-events/worldt20 when the website goes live on the 28th May.