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Going in to bat for grassroots cricket in Dimboola

Article Category  Dimboola Courier > Community Interest
Date Published  Friday, December 15 2017
Author  Office of Jaala Pulford MP

Going in to bat for grassroots cricket in Dimboola
The Blackheath Dimboola Cricket Club is amongst three Wimmera cricket organisations that are set to share in more than $250,000 in facility upgrades, equipment and programs to encourage even more people to take up the summer sport.

Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said Blackheath Dimboola Cricket Club, Brim Kellalac Sheep Hills Cricket Club and Horsham Cricket Association will receive funding from the Victorian Government’s Community Cricket Program’s Club Capacity and Workforce Development Grants.

The funding includes;
  • $2,738 for Blackheath Dimboola Cricket Club to install a concrete pitch and equipment for juniors.
  • $1,880 for Brim Kellalac Sheep Hills Cricket Club to upgrade practice nets.
  • $727 for Horsham Cricket Association to purchase equipment for juniors.

    Ms Pulford said the grants are part of a broader Victorian Government initiative with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia to deliver a $12.4 million program to improve facilities for cricketers.

    “Victoria is the fastest growth state for cricket, and here in the Wimmera we’re working hard to create even more opportunities to discover our next international superstar batter or bowler,” Ms Pulford said.

    “This grant will help these three organisations grow by inspiring even more young cricketers to get involved at their local club and enjoy the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle,” she said.

    Chief Executive Officer of Cricket Victoria, Tony Dodemaide, said the Community Cricket Program is creating new opportunities for Victorians of all ages and abilities to enjoy our national summer pastime, no matter where they live.

    “Cricket has a big summer ahead and as a sport growing in participation, these grants are helping to upskill the coaches and volunteers that support the growth, the equipment for new participants to club cricket and support the maintenance of the pitches and cricket nets all over Victoria,” Mr Dodemaide said.

    Projects funded in this round include upgrades to practice nets, training for club administrators and coaches, and equipment such helmets, rollers, mowers and pitch covers.

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