Australian professional cricketers will spend AUD 2 million from the Grassroots Cricket Fund this year on local cricket clubs across the country in an effort to help clubs for the coming season. The Grassroots Cricket Fund, a pledge of up to AUD 30 million from Australia’s professional cricketers, the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) and Cricket Australia, aims to make the experience of cricket better and more accessible to all players across Australia. In its third year of existence, the fund will once again provide equipment grants to support cricket clubs in a summer like never before.
Grants of up to AUD 2,000 will be available to cover the cost of playing equipment for players who may not have the ability to purchase themselves, to sanitize products and other necessary items to comply with COVID-19 and game to play, ”said ACA in a release.
“Local clubs will also have access to an additional AUD million for facilities grants through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund, with applications opening in every state throughout the summer,” it added.
Kelly Applebee, ACA’s General Manager Member Programs, said the players are committed to strengthening the links between premium cricket and club cricket through the Grassroots Cricket Fund, while making cricket more accessible to all Australians.
“The players are incredibly passionate about giving back to the game that has given them so much, and we see it with their generous contributions that shape the Grassroots Cricket Fund,” said Applebee.
“Each player has their own journey to get started at local cricket clubs, and they know firsthand that these cricket clubs are a crucial part of local communities. Many of these communities have faced adversity this year, or that. was now through forest fires or the effects of COVID-19, so we hope we can provide some relief and support to keep Australians playing and loving their cricket, ”she added.
Belinda Clark, Executive General Manager of Cricket Australia, said it is fantastic to see our elite cricketers give back to the game, especially in the run-up to a season where our broad and passionate cricket community needs more support than ever.
“Developing a strong base of players and volunteers is integral to the continued growth of the sport. More than ever there is a great need and desire to support the Australian community, and this investment is designed to help the many people and clubs that do a great job for cricket and the community, “said Clark.
“As the season approaches, the excitement for everyone is rising, be it our National Representatives or the 10 year old playing his / her first season. We wish everyone a great start to the season,” she added.
As of 2019, the Grassroots Cricket Fund has raised more than AUD 4.8 million from Australian professional cricketers through investments in facilities and equipment, with funding helping more than 1,300 clubs.
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