The hugely successful Growing Cricket for Girls Fund is taking applications from clubs, associations and schools in New South Wales looking to continue to grow female cricket participation in 2017. 

Now in its second year, applications for grants of up to $5000 a year over two years are open until 16 June 2017.

The ground-breaking funding initiative was established to develop new girl’s competitions and grow established competitions and proved to be an instant hit in its first year with the number of girls’ cricket teams in New South Wales more than doubling.

“The fund has a been a great success and really provided a boost for clubs welcoming girls to cricket,” commented Ivan Spyrdz, General Manager - Game Development at Cricket NSW.

At a national level the fund resulted in over 500 girls’ teams joining more than 40 new girls’ competitions around Australia.

The Penrith Junior Cricket Association was one of the local success stories from the fund’s first year. Thanks to their grant the association was able to successfully implement the Thunder Girls Cricket League in 2016, which grew from four to six participating teams over the season.

Another success story was the Newcastle Junior Cricket Association, which was able to host a four team under-13 competition, which ran from October – December and again from February – March.  They were also able to support clubs with equipment, coaching, umpires and team kits.

“After having both the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers win the first two WBBL titles, there has seen a great spike in interest from girls wanting to play cricket and join local clubs. Having the Growing Cricket for Girls Fund in place means that local clubs, schools and associations across NSW have been able to translate this interest into action and get girls playing cricket,” concluded Spyrdz.

For more information or to apply for a grant click here. Applications close 16 June 2017.