Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson is encouraging cricket clubs in the region to apply for their share of $6 million in funds made available through the upcoming 2020 ICC World T20 Legacy Fund.

“We know that sports like cricket have many proven health, social and economic benefits and providing funding to local clubs is a priority to fostering participation in sport in our region.

“This region has a proud history of comradery and the fund offers an excellent opportunity for clubs and associations to form partnerships with local councils to improve the quality and quantity of community facilities. 

“Tamworth and the region have contributed significantly to Australia’s cricketing past and future. 

“Players like the Australian test spin bowler, the late John Gleeson to current test player Bendemeer’s own speedster, Josh Hazlewood, or women test cricketers Erin Osborne and Leonie Coleman, have been great ambassadors for the region and played at National and International levels.

“Currently there are 400,000 grass roots cricketers in NSW and I look forward to the upcoming ICC World T20 tournament which I believe will draw more players to the sport.

“This first round of funding provides an exciting opportunity for councils and local clubs to consider projects that provide long-term benefits to local communities.

“The NSW Government leads the way in its support of women’s sport in Australia, and this fund specifically nurtures the participation pathways for our female cricket players. Also, just last week we launched the ‘Future Matildas’ initiative to support the training and education for our rising female football stars,” Mr Anderson concluded. 

Cricket is a global sport, and the World T20 will witness 1.5 billion viewers tune in to 14 NSW matches. 

Successful projects between $5,000 and $250,000 will be funded up to 50 per cent of projects costs. Applications close 13 July 2018.

More information can be found at www.sport.nsw.gov.au/nsw-sports-events/worldt20

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