In the lead-up to the 2020 ICC World T20 tournament, the NSW government has allocated a fund of more than $6 million to cricket across the state, much to the delight of local organisations.
According to Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, the ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund is designed to “inspire the next generation of cricketers by improving the quality and quantity of community facilities.”
“[It will also] help attract world-class cricket matches to regional NSW.”
President of Goulburn and District Senior Cricket, Tim Price, said that such grants are pivotal in deciding the fortunes of regional clubs.
“It’s a massive benefit, obviously,” Price said.
“Facilities can sometimes be lacking in the regional areas, if not a lot of the times.
“The bigger population areas get a bigger slice of the pie.”
Although Goulburn Senior Cricket recently received $415,000 to construct a pavilion at Seiffert Oval, Price said that such grants could help many other organisations, such as the junior cricketers.
President of the Goulburn District Junior Cricket Association, Rob Jolliffe, agreed with Price and said that the fund would greatly benefit the young cricketers in the region.
“Local sport’s always looking for any contribution to improve facilities,” Jolliffe said.
“Where facilities sometimes get damaged, it could be an opportunity to improve those facilities.
“We’d be looking to improve amenities at Prell Oval, including irrigation and maybe equipment for a roller. That’s where we’d like to see some priority put towards.”
The fund was also designed with the development of women’s cricket in mind, Ayres said.
“The NSW Government is leading the way in its support of women’s sport in Australia and this fund will also improve participation pathways for female cricketers,” he said.
As NSW will host more matches than any other host city for the World T20 in two years’ time, it is expected to generate over $46 million in interstate and international visitor expenditure, Ayres said.
Chief Executive Officer of the ICC World T20 2020 Local Organising Committee, Nick Hockley, said that he expects “the NSW Government’s ICC World T20 2020 Legacy Fund [to] ensure that positive impacts are starting well ahead of the first ball bowled.
“I encourage councils and local cricket clubs to apply for projects which support participation in their region.”
The ICC World T20 tournament will take place from October 18 to November 15 throughout Australia in 2020. Eight venues across seven states and territories will host matches.