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Barooga to benefit from World T20 Cricket Funding

Barooga Sports Club will host a Masters Cricket Tournament thanks to a special pool of funding for local sports initiatives.

Local cricket clubs and councils across Murray will get improved facilities and programs as part of the $1.96 million NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund, including a $21,300 grant for the tournament at Barooga.

Member for Murray Austin Evans said this announcement is great news for the town and will make use of their wonderful grounds and facilities.

“The NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund is specially designed to ensure clubs and players at the grassroots level benefit from the 14 matches to be held NSW for the ICC World T20 2020 tournaments.

“Cricket is just one of the many sports which unites communities across the state and gives males and female players a fantastic chance to build skills and be part of a team,” Mr Evans said.

“This fund has been established to inspire the next generation of cricketers by improving the quality and quantity of community facilities and will help attract world class cricket matches right across NSW.

“Fifty-five successful projects will help improve the quality and quantity of cricket infrastructure and facilities in NSW, improve female participation and development pathways for players, officials and coaches, and support elite and mass participation cricket events across regional NSW,” Mr Evans said.

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Barooga Sports Club CEO Bobby Brooks thanked Member for Murray Austin Evans for the funding.

Mr Brooks said he was thrilled that this grant will help grow the already very successful Barooga Masters cricket tournament, as well as encourage higher levels of participation, especially with the addition of the new women’s competition.

Mr Brooks said the tournament will attract 200 cricketers and their families to Barooga.

“It is not only an excellent opportunity to showcase the wonderful facilities and services we have in Barooga, but will provide many economic benefits”.

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the program will support the growth of cricket and fund infrastructure projects across NSW in the lead up to the event.

“This is the first of three rounds of the legacy fund, which will deliver up to $6 million over the next three years for local cricket clubs, associations and local councils to support cricket participation growth in NSW,” Mr Ayres said.

Cricket NSW Chief Executive Officer Andrew Jones said that the NSW ICC World T20 Cricket Legacy Fund will deliver significant benefits for local clubs and councils, helping to maximise the expected growth in participation resulting from hosting the tournament in Australia.

“With more girls and boys, women and men, of all ages playing cricket across NSW than ever, the fund will both support the growth of the sport in local communities and leave a lifelong legacy for one of the biggest sporting events this decade.”

More information on the ICC World T20: www.icc-cricket.com/worldt20