Over 240 cricket facilities throughout Australia have received funding from the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF) in season 2018/19, reaping the rewards from Australian Cricket’s largest ever investment in the construction and upgrading of cricket facilities.

The record investment into grassroots cricket by Cricket Australia and state and territory associations, comes at a time when more Australians are choosing to play cricket than ever before, demonstrating the game’s continued commitment to the sport’s heartland through increased funding and support.

In line with Cricket Australia’s five-year strategic goal to be the leading participation sport in Australia, the ACIF will provide almost $4.7 million annually (up until 2020-21) to fund improved community cricket infrastructure, in partnership with all levels of government, schools and other partners.

“We’re extremely proud of how the ACIF has made significant impact on communities throughout the country by providing cricket’s heart and soul a well-deserved lift,” said Cricket ACT CEO James Allsopp

“In 2018/19, the ACIF funded 247 cricket facilities with a total project value of over $87 million.

“Specifically, in the ACT we have seen seven projects with committed funding to the tune of one hundred thousand dollars. This includes new and redeveloped playing ovals, training nets and practice pitches, pavilions, change rooms and amenities amongst other facilities”

An example of local investment into community cricket facilities is evident through the committed funds to lengthen, widen and renovate the synthetic pitches at Kambah, Mawson, Waramanga and Latham. 

These upgrades will ensure greater participation experience for junior cricketers in alignment with the implementation of the new CA junior formats. Widening and lengthening of pitches of synthetic pitches is fundamental to ensuring cricket inspires young people to develop a love and sense of confidence in playing our game.

“As women’s participation in the game grew again in 2018/19 – at a rate of 14% above the previous season – Australian Cricket is committed to supporting the delivery of 600 more female-friendly changerooms by 2022.

This summer also saw the launch of the Grassroots Cricket Fund – a contribution of up to $30 million from Australia’s professional cricketers through to 2022-23 delivered in partnership between the players, the Australian Cricketers’ Association and Cricket Australia. 

“In 2018-19, the Grassroots Cricket Fund contributed an additional $1 million to the ACIF, providing more resources to enhance the quantity and quality of cricket playing and training infrastructure across all levels of community cricket.”

“In addition, $800,000 in equipment grants were directly provided to 329 clubs in regional and rural areas of the country.”

The impetus to increase funding for community facilities came from the first ever National Cricket Facility Audit which assessed more than 5,500 sites and 7,100 ovals across the country, while the investment is being guided by infrastructure strategies that are being developed and rolled out across states and territories.

For further information or to apply for the 2019/20 round of funding through the ACIF, please contact your State or Territory Infrastructure Manager.

John Kidd

ACT Infrastructure Manager