Cricket funding to level the playing field

More aspiring Test and T20 greats will have the chance to pull on the pads in Dubbo thanks to a government grant, Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders said.

Mr Saunders has today announced $1,995.00 from the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program for the Macquarie Cricket Club Dubbo to purchase equipment including specialised balls for their bowling machine.

“After two-and-a-half months away from community sport, there is no doubt we’re all keen to see kids on our fields, courts and ovals again from July 1,” Mr Saunders said.

“But after three years of severe drought and now COVID-19, there is also no doubt that for many families and even sponsors, being involved this year is going to be a challenge.

“That’s why I am so pleased to be able to award this funding to the Macquarie Cricket Club to ease some of the burden on parents, who might otherwise have had to tell their kids ‘not this year’.”

Macquarie Cricket Club treasurer Daniel Medway said the funding would allow for “more cost-effective participation”, removing a barrier to entry for players, and juniors in particular.

“The initial intention behind applying for this grant was for the juniors,” Mr Medway said.

“It’s going to allow families that weren’t previously in a financial position, we’ll be able to help them out with equipment so it’s going to be a huge boost.” The $4.6 million Local Sport Grant Program is aimed at increasing participation in sport and active recreation.

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