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Australia’s elite cricketers give back to 128 clubs and centres across Victoria

February 16, 2022
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Australia’s elite cricketers give back to 128 clubs and centres across Victoria

Across Victoria, 128 cricket clubs and indoor cricket centres will provide enhanced cricket experiences to encourage further participation after receiving grants totalling $378,000 during round one of the 2021/22 Grassroots Cricket Fund (GCF).

The GCF is a joint initiative between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association that will provide up to $30 million to grassroots cricket across Australia over the life of the fund.

The funds will ensure clubs and centres maintain their position as pillars of local communities by providing equipment and using grants to fund the development of coaches and volunteers and the adoption of marketing and recruitment initiatives to attract new participants.

One successful Victorian applicant, Carnegie Cricket Club, received funding to purchase a defibrillator via the Community Heart Program.

Carnegie Cricket Club Committee member Nicole Irwin said: “We felt it was important to purchase and have access to a defibrillator to equip ourselves in any emergency. We want to keep people involved in sport and ensuring everyone feels safe is one way to do this.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of the GCF which allows clubs to make these types of purchases.”

In total, 432 clubs and centres nationally successfully applied for first round grants and will share $1.3 million in funding – part of the total $2.5 million available in GCF grants this season.

A second round of grant applications will open from Monday, February 14 for a 3-week period, allowing clubs and centres that did not receive a grant in the first round to access funding that can be used to purchase products through GCF partners such as defibrillators via the Community Heart Program, portable 2G Flicx pitches from Flicx UK and Kookaburra training packs.

Launching the second round of grant applications, Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja said:

‘’Clubs and indoor centres across Australia have done an amazing job in creating great experiences for their members despite the impact of COVID-19. The players are proud to be able to support these efforts,’’ he said.

“We hope these grants will help clubs and indoor centres best provide a great and inclusive environment in which to play and enjoy our game.”

For more information and grant applications visit grassrootscricketfund.com.au

Victorian cricket clubs and indoor cricket centres who have received round one GCF funding:

Alexander Thomson Cricket Club Kerrimuir United Cricket Club
Anglesea Cricket Club Kew Cricket Club
Apollo Bay Cricket Club Kilsyth Cricket Club
Balwyn Cricket Club Kingston Heath Cricket Club
Balwyn Saints Cricket Club Knoxfield Cricket Club
Bannockburn Cricket Club Koonung Heights Cricket Club
Barrabool Cricket Club Laharum Cricket Club
Beaumaris Cricket Club Laurimar Cricket Club
Beechworth Wanderers Cricket Club Leopold Cricket Club
Bell Park Cricket Club Lilydale Cricket Club
Bentleigh Cricket Club Long Island Cricket Club
Berwick Cricket Club Macedon Cricket Club
Birregurra Cricket Club Mackie Cricket Club
Bonbeach Cricket Club Manifold Heights Cricket Club
Boneo Cricket Club Marshall Cricket Club
Boroondara Cricket Club McKinnon Cricket Club
Brierly Christ Church Cricket Club Melton Cricket Club
Brighton Cricket Club Mirboo North Cricket Club
Brighton District Cricket Club Modewarre Cricket Club
Brunswick Cricket Club Mont Albert Cricket Club
Bulleen Templestowe Cricket Club Mooroolbark Cricket Club
Burwood District Cricket Club Mount Beauty United Cricket Club
Burwood Uniting Canterbury Cricket Club Mount Martha Cricket Club
Carlisle Park Vikings Cricket Club Mount Waverley Cricket Club
Carnegie Cricket Club Murgheboluc Cricket Club
Carnegie South Cricket Club Nerrena Cricket Club
Carrum Cricket Club Noble Park Cricket Club
Charlton Cricket Club North Alphington Cricket Club
Clayton District Cricket Club North Ballarat Cricket Club
Clifton Hill Cricket Club North Balwyn Cricket Club
Cluden Cricket Club North Geelong Cricket Club
Cobden Cricket Club Nyora Cricket Club
Colac City United Cricket Club Officer Cricket Club
Colac West Cricket Club Omega Cricket Club
Collegians Cricket Club Phillip Island Cricket Club
Collendina Cricket Club Queenscliff Cricket Club
Craigieburn Cricket Club Riddell Cricket Club
Deepdene Uniting Cricket Club Romsey Cricket Club
Deer Park Cricket Club Rosebud Cricket Club
Drysdale Cricket Club Russells Creek Cricket Club
East Belmont Cricket Club Salesian Old Boys Cricket Club
East Bentleigh Central Cricket Club St Andrews Cricket Club – Hamilton
East Box Hill Cricket Club St Brigid’s St Louis Cricket Club
East Malvern Tooronga Cricket Club St Joseph’s Cricket Club – Geelong
East Ringwood Cricket Club St Kilda Cricket Club
East Sandringham Cricket Club Sunbury Cricket Club
Edinburgh Cricket Club Surrey Hills Cricket Club
Elwood Cricket Club Taylors Lakes Cricket Club
Emerald Cricket Club Templeton Cricket Club
Emmanuel South Oakleigh Cricket Club The Basin Cricket Club
Endeavour Hills Cricket Club Torquay Cricket Club
Footscray Angliss Cricket Club Traralgon Centrals Cricket Club
Geelong City Cricket Club Trinity Willison Cricket Club
Geelong Cricket Club Upwey Tecoma Cricket Club
Geelong West Cricket Club Vermont Cricket Club
Gellibrand Cricket Club Wallan District Cricket Club
Grand United Cricket Club Wantirna South Cricket Club
Greensborough Cricket Club Warrion Cricket Club
Hampton Cricket Club Washington Park Cricket Club
Hawthorn Cricket Club Williamstown Cricket Club
Heathmont Cricket Club Wodonga Raiders Cricket Club
Highton Cricket Club Wyclif Cricket Club
Hoddles Creek Cricket Club Yarra Junction Cricket Club
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