Glen Innes Cricket Club President Nigel SharmanCRICKET New South Wales has invited local cricket clubs to apply for funding from the 2015/16 Grants Program for projects designed to improve playing and practice facilities.
The grants program will deliver on Cricket NSW’s goal to ensure a quality experience for all club cricketers and will assist in the building of new training and playing facilities, or the upgrade of existing infrastructure.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said local councils, clubs, schools and organisations should apply for funding from the grants program for projects designed to provide opportunities for people to play cricket.
“The main aim of the program is to improve playing and practice facilities available to cricketers of all ages across NSW,” he said.
“This could include the development and expansion of training nets, the establishment and repair of synthetic and turf wickets, as well as improvements to amenities.
“I commend Cricket NSW for this excellent initiative to support grass roots sport and I urge communities in the Northern Tablelands to take advantage of this opportunity.”
Glen Innes Cricket Club President Nigel Sharman said the club would be keen to apply for a grant as work does need to be done on all the ovals that host cricket games in town.
“We need to replace the wickets on the ovals, the synthetic grass needs to be repaired due to wear and tear and vandalism,” he said.
“We’d prefer to upgrade to turf wickets but due to the time it takes to maintain them synthetic grass will most likely be what we go for.
“All the nets need to be replaced also as the standards are high these days due to safety concerns, but we need to come up with some money ourselves so we may just focus on the wickets this year.”
Country Cricket NSW Development Officer Shawn Mepham said that the grants can only do positive things for local cricket.
“I think the grants are a great thing, they give a good opportunity for clubs to get things done, especially clubs that may struggle a bit financially,” he said.
Funding is available for up to a maximum of 25 per cent of the total cost of the project, capped at $25,000.
To be eligible, projects must have commenced after 1 January 2015 and be scheduled for completion before 31 December 2016.
Local councils, clubs, schools and organisations interested in applying for the Grants Program should contact Cricket NSW either by phone 02 8302 6000 or via [email protected]南京夜网419论坛to obtain a copy of the guidelines and application forms.
Applications close on Wednesday, 30 September.
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