Local clubs and councils will be able to develop and upgrade cricket facilities in metropolitan and regional areas to cater for growing demand thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula today opened applications for the Government’s $13.5 million Community Cricket Program.
Victoria is the home of cricket with more than 440,000 participants state-wide. Women and girls are swelling playing ranks but some clubs are facing challenges accommodating new players and teams.
The 2019-20 budget funding will make $6 million available to clubs and councils to develop or redevelop local cricket infrastructure from training nets through to female friendly and accessible change rooms.
A further $7.5 million is being allocated to develop up to six metropolitan Cricket and Community Centres, which will provide facilities for local cricket associations for administration and skill development and house local clubs.
These initiatives are part of the Government’s commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.
Across Victoria, the Labor Government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula
“Victorians love their cricket and the Community Cricket Program is making sure that more Victorians can enjoy the game.”
“This is about supporting grassroots cricket especially for women and girls – opening up new opportunities for training, competition and player development.”
“Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for Victorians to get involved and lead healthy and active lives.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020