Time is running out to apply for a grant in Round 2 of the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund.

Cricket clubs and councils have until Monday 15 July to submit their application for up to $2 million in funding to improve cricket facilities and infrastructure, increase participation opportunities, improve female player pathways or attract major cricket events to regional NSW.

Round 1 of the program in 2018 saw 55 projects receive a total of $1.96 million in funding.  Read on to learn about some of the projects that were successful last year.

Female programs & resources – Female umpire scholarship program

Female umpires make up less than 1% of all 1,210 registered umpires in NSW. The NSW Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association were looking for a way to break down barriers and increase female participation.

The Association was awarded a $5,000 grant in the ‘Female programs & resources’ category to enhance existing programs to help female umpires progress their knowledge and skills as well as support professional development opportunities.

The program aligns with Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia development pathways for female umpires from grassroots to elite level.

International cricket umpire Claire Polosak leads the program and says the grant provided female umpires with access to resources and professional development opportunities which have greatly improved performances.

“In the first year, 19 female umpires completed the program, receiving holistic training and individual sessions around player and umpire relationships, physical fitness and mental training,” Ms Polosak said.

Regional event content – Dubbo State Cricket Carnival

Dubbo Regional Council received a $50,000 grant in the ‘Regional event content’ category to host U13 and U14 Boys’ as well as U13 Girls’ State Cricket Carnivals in 2019.

The project aimed to increase participation and has facilitated the development of sporting precents and cricket ovals in the Dubbo local government area.

The 2019 event was a huge success with the Under 13 and 14 Boys’ State Cricket Carnival held in Dubbo over four days and the Under 13 Girls’ State Cricket Carnival held in Wellington over three days.

Tracey Whillock, Recreation Coordinator at Dubbo Regional Council said that they had 260 players compete across the boys and girls Carnival in January as well as more than 700 players, officials and spectators participate in the events.

“The State Carnival provides a great platform to revive cricket in the Dubbo region by giving local junior cricketers something to aspire too.

“Dubbo Regional Council looks forward to working with Cricket NSW on future Carnivals,” Ms Whillock said.

Infrastructure – Upgrade of JJ Lawrence Field, South Grafton

Clarence Valley Council was awarded a $16,050 grant in the ‘Infrastructure’ category for the upgrade of playing infrastructure at JJ Lawrence Field, South Grafton.

The project involved the construction of three new synthetic wickets, increasing the capacity of the grounds for matches and the number of games being played simultaneously

The grant provided Clarence River Cricket Association and Clarence River Junior Cricket Association with the opportunity to deliver better experiences and facilities for its cricketers and encourage player growth through different formats of the game, as well as mid-week social competitions.

“Clarence River Junior Cricket Association and supporters would like to pass on their extreme thanks for the upgrades that Clarence Valley Council completed on the pitches at JJ Lawrence fields,” Janet Grieve, Clarence River Conference Administrator said.

“They look spectacular and the players are looking forward to playing on them.

“Our Under 14’s teams from Tucabia Copmanhurst and Coutts Crossing clubs were particularly excited to be the first players to use the new pitch!”

Applications for Round 2 of the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund are open until 5pm on Monday 15 July 2019.

The Legacy Fund is part of the NSW Government’s successful bid for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 which will see $6 million invested over three years in new facilities and programs to drive participation in cricket.

Find out more and apply through the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund website