Sup­port for crick­eters

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Wim­mera cricket or­gan­i­sa­tions are set to share in more than $250,000 in fa­cil­ity up­grades, equip­ment and pro­grams to en­cour­age more peo­ple to take up the sum­mer sport.

Mem­ber for West­ern Vic­to­ria Jaala Pulford said Black­heath-dim­boola and Brim-kel­lalac-sheep Hills cricket clubs and Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion would re­ceive fund­ing from the State Govern­ment Com­mu­nity Cricket Pro­gram’s Club Ca­pac­ity and Work­force De­vel­op­ment Grants.

The fund­ing in­cludes: $2738 for Black­heath-dim­boola Cricket Club to in­stall a con­crete pitch and equip­ment for ju­niors; $1880 for Brim-kel­lalac­sheep Hills Cricket Club to up­grade prac­tice nets; and $727 for Hor­sham Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion to pur­chase equip­ment for ju­niors.

Ms Pulford said the grants were part of a broader $12.4-mil­lion State Govern­ment part­ner­ship with Cricket Vic­to­ria and Cricket Australia to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties for crick­eters.

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

“This grant will help th­ese three or­gan­i­sa­tions grow by in­spir­ing more young crick­eters to get in­volved at their lo­cal club and en­joy the ben­e­fits of a healthy and ac­tive life­style.”

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