Shepparton News

Put hand up and catch roll of cash

- By Liam Nash

As the time nears to dust off the pads and bust out the whites, the Victorian Government is giving cricket clubs throughout the state a chance to revamp facilities ahead of the looming season.

Organisati­ons have been urged to utilise the Community Cricket Program’s third instalment with $1.4 million up for grabs to be put toward improving infrastruc­ture.

The package can assist with anything from training net upgrades through to developing female-friendly and accessible change rooms; member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp encouraged district clubs to throw up their hands and apply for the grant.

“We’re helping clubs and councils build or upgrade facilities for the local cricket community, opening up new opportunit­ies for training, competitio­n and player developmen­t,” Gepp said.

“I encourage our local clubs, associatio­ns and councils to get together and see if the Community Cricket Program can make a difference in Northern Victoria.

“We’re getting on with the job of creating better cricket facilities for our next generation, so they can emulate their Test, one-day, BBL and WBBL sporting heroes.”

More than $2.8 million has been invested through the Community Cricket Program since 2019.

The initiative greatly helps clubs draw in numbers by assisting in modernisin­g facilities and offering new pathways to players.

● For more informatio­n and to apply, visit: www.sport.vic.gov.au/ grants-and-funding with applicatio­ns closing on September 22, 2021.

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