The redeveloped four lane cricket training facility at Solander Playing Fields, Woolooware, was officially opened last Friday 27 November as Cricket NSW continues its partnership approach to delivering results for grassroots cricket.
The training facility at Solander Playing Fields will become a hub for female players in the Sutherland Shire to play and train.
Cricket NSW Chief Executive Lee Germon said facilities like the redeveloped Solander Cricket nets are often not possible without a partnership approach to funding.
“We would like to acknowledge and thank all that were involved in bringing this project to fruition”, Mr Germon said.
“These new nets will help foster the love of cricket in locals and increase participation across the broader community. We’re delighted to have delivered this project in partnership with the NSW Government, Cricket Australia and the Sutherland Shire cricket community.”
The unveiling saw Member for Cronulla, NSW Attorney General & Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, the Hon. Mark Speakman attend the opening and acknowledge the fantastic development made in his electorate.
Minister Speakman said “Solander Fields has become the ‘unofficial’ home of girls cricket in the Shire. These upgrades will help develop female cricketers and increase female participation."
“The building of two new cricket nets and refurbishment of two others will foster the growth and development of the sport, maybe even the next generation of potential cricket superstars."
Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Steve Simpson said the new facilities will cater to the growing interest in the game, and provide more opportunity for local young people, both girls and boys, to get involved in the sport.
“The Sutherland Shire has produced some exceptional cricketing talent over the years, and these new facilities will help ensure that more young people have the chance enjoy the game and hopefully emulate their heroes in years to come,” Mayor Simpson said.
“It’s particularly encouraging to see the huge growth in opportunities for young women to pursue their interest in the sport right to the very highest level, and I’m confident these facilities will help foster the talents of our keen local female cricketers.”
The $105,000 project was funded by successful grant applications and partnerships, including;
> NSW Community Building Partnership Program
> Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund
> Caringbah Sports Cricket Club
> Sutherland Shire Cricket Association
> Sutherland Shire Junior Cricket Association