Local cricket clubs, schools and councils across Murray are set to benefit from improved facilities and programs, as part of the $1.96 million NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund.

The organisations and clubs to benefit in Murray are:

  • Barooga Sports Club to host the Masters Cricket Tournament ($21,300).
  • Griffith City Council for practice nets and a practice wicket area at Jubilee Oval ($64,000).
  • Leeton District Cricket Association to upgrade the junior cricket nets ($22,430).

Member for Murray Austin Evans congratulated all three organisations and said thanked those involved for their commitment to local and regional sport.

“The NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund is specially designed to ensure clubs and players at the grassroots level benefit from the 14 matches to be held NSW for the ICC World T20 2020 tournaments.

“Cricket is just one of the many sports which unites communities across the state and gives males and female players a fantastic chance to build skills and be part of a team,” Mr Evans said.

“This fund has been established to inspire the next generation of cricketers by improving the quality and quantity of community facilities and will help attract world class cricket matches right across NSW.

“Fifty-five successful projects will help improve the quality and quantity of cricket infrastructure and facilities in NSW, improve female participation and development pathways for players, officials and coaches, and support elite and mass participation cricket events across regional NSW,” Mr Evans said.

Barooga Sports Club CEO Bobby Brooks thanked Member for Murray Austin Evans for the funding.

Mr Brooks said this grant will help grow the already very successful Barooga Masters cricket tournament, as well as encourage higher levels of participation, especially with the addition of the new women’s competition.

Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi said he was thrilled that this grant will provide cricket training nets and a practice wicket area for Griffith’s cricketers.

“The project is also one more element in seeing the Griffith Sports Precinct Master Plan come to fruition which includes Jubilee Oval.

Leeton District Cricket Association Sponsorship and Grants Coordinator Brian Rotherham said the grant will provide upgraded cricket training nets for Leeton’s cricketers.

Mr Rotherham said we have been pursuing funding for the project for some time and are excited to finally see it come to fruition. This will give our junior cricketers a safer and much improved facility in which to develop their skills.

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the program will support the growth of cricket and fund infrastructure projects across NSW in the lead up to the event.

“This is the first of three rounds of the legacy fund, which will deliver up to $6 million over the next three years for local cricket clubs, associations and local councils to support cricket participation growth in NSW,” Mr Ayres said.

Cricket NSW Chief Executive Officer Andrew Jones said that the NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund will deliver significant benefits for local clubs and councils, helping to maximise the expected growth in participation resulting from hosting the tournament in Australia.

“With more girls and boys, women and men, of all ages playing cricket across NSW than ever, the fund will both support the growth of the sport in local communities and leave a lifelong legacy for one of the biggest sporting events this decade.”

Successful funding recipients are available here.

For more information on the ICC World T20 2020, sign up at www.icc-cricket.com/worldt20