The NSW Government has committed $450,000 to support Cricket NSW and Sydney Thunder community programs in Western Sydney over the next four years.

The funding will benefit more than 5,000 young people and 160 teachers across 80 schools.

Through a variety of initiatives, the programs will primarily be delivered through the Thunder club and aim to inspire all participants with a focus on inclusiveness, ensuring cricket is a sport for all.

Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon welcomed the funding announcement.

“Cricket NSW and Sydney Thunder are thrilled to see the NSW Government partnering with us on this important initiative to promote social cohesion in Western Sydney,” Mr Germon said.

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams said the program will target multicultural communities in Western Sydney.

“The funding will support programs such as the Thunder Leadership Program, Professional Development for Teachers, Junior Thunder Nation Cup and Multicultural Cricket Gala Day.”

Rising star Jason Sangha also expressed his pride to be part of a club that is committed to making a real and meaningful difference to the community.

“It’s the best time to be a young cricketer in Australia right now. I think this initiative is really going to help these kids in Western Sydney try to pursue cricket,” Sangha said.

“Obviously my background being Indian, I think it’s fantastic to see how much of an effort Thunder makes to give back to the community.

“I’m very proud to be part of this club.”