Cricketers from the Townsville region stand to receive a huge boost to their club thanks to the recently launched Grassroots Cricket Fund.
Townsville Cricket Incorporated (TCI) has become the inaugural recipient of funding from the most significant collective investment into community cricket from Australian professional cricketers in history.
After the devastating floods that hit the Townsville region, significant and widespread damage to community infrastructure was reported, including damage to cricket grounds, training facilities, machinery and equipment.
The players, the Australian Cricketers’ Association, Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket have joined forces to deliver a $40,000 flood funding package to TCI and local clubs.
The $40,000 grant was announced in Townsville today by Queensland cricketers Holly Ferling and Haidee Birkett alongside Townsville Cricket Incorporated President Peter Fry.
This money will be used to install a weather-resistant hybrid synthetic pitch at Endeavour Park with extra funds to go towards repairing flood damaged cricket equipment and machinery like mowers, a roller and wicket covers to ensure playing surfaces are resilient and well-maintained for local cricketers into the future.
$30,000 from the Grassroots Cricket Fund will go toward the installation of a hybrid pitch, while $10,000 will contribute to machinery and equipment repairs and replacement. This includes a $2,500 equipment grant from the Grassroots Cricket Fund to local cricket clubs.
The funding for the new Endeavour Park hybrid pitch comes from the Grassroots Cricket Fund, an endowment of more than $30 million from Australian professional cricketers to be invested into community cricket over the coming years.
To apply or read the Grassroots Cricket Fund’s frequently asked questions, go to www.grassrootscricketfund.com.au.