Cricket NSW has partnered with major stakeholders in the redevelopment of the Warringah Cricket Club’s training facility at Weldon Oval, Curl Curl on Thursday.
In partnership with Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW contributed $35,000 to the approximate $170,000 total cost of the six new training nets.
Northern Beaches Council invested $100,000, while the NSW Government contributed $28,000, with the remaining funded by the Warringah Cricket Club and northern beaches cricket community.
The official opening was attended by Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones, State Member for Manly Mr James Griffin MP, Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan, outgoing President of the Warringah Cricket Club, Michael Day, as well as NSW Blues and Sydney Sixers paceman Mickey Edwards.
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones said it was an exciting day to see this project come to fruition.
“Michael Day came to Cricket NSW in 2016 with the initial proposal and that gave us the impetus to put the funding partnership together with the club, the Northern Beaches Mayor and the Member for Manly,” Mr Jones said.
The construction of the training facility involved the redevelopment of two nets that were dangerously close to a walkway into a half basketball court and a handball court, refurbishing two nets and the installation of an additional four brand new nets.
The project also involved the installation of a shelter for spectators and a water station thanks to Cricket NSW Hydration Partner, Sydney Water.
The Warringah Cricket Club will share the nets with the Harbord Bowling Club Cricket Club and the local cricket community, where numerous cricketers will also be able to practice their skills.
Mr Jones said it was great to see young boys and girls making use of the new facilities and playing cricket.
“This is where it starts for the next Ellyse Perry and Mickey Edwards and they can go all the way to the big show, but they can’t do it without facilities like this,” Mr Jones said.
“I just want to really, really thank everybody who has played a part in this project, you’ve left a great legacy to the community.
“It’s always a great moment when the thing you tell people you’re going to do on the Power Point slide actually turns out to be true.
“We said we’re going to build nets and here we are building nets.”
Cricket Australia’s recently announced injection of $35 million into community cricket and facilities will provide councils, clubs and associations with increased opportunities to seek funds for projects that aim to increase participation in their local community.
Applications for the next round of the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund opens at the start of September.
WATCH: Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones speaks at official opening of Weldon Oval nets