Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has encouraged cricket clubs across the Cootamundra electorate to apply for their share of $6 million made available through the upcoming 2020 ICC World T20 Legacy Fund.

Ms Cooke is urging clubs to apply for projects which support greater local cricket participation and benefit the whole community.

“Our region has a proud cricketing history, being the birthplace of Don Bradman, and this fund offers an excellent opportunity for clubs and association to form partnerships with local councils to improve the quality and quantity of community facilities,” Ms Cooke said.

“I know there are many clubs and cricket associations in our region which have projects they have been wanting to undertake for years – now is their chance to put pen to paper and put their hand up for a slice of the funding available.

“Cricket is such a great team sport and it’d be wonderful to see more youngsters getting involved, especially girls, with improved facilities,” she said.

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the ICC World T20 Legacy Fund would be delivered over three years to support grass-roots through to elite level cricket participation.

“The NSW Government leads the way in its support of women’s sport in Australia and this fund specifically nurture the participation pathways for our female cricket players,” he said.

“Currently there are 400,000 grass-roots players participating in cricket in NSW and I am confident that the upcoming ICC World T20 tournament will draw more players to the sport.

“This first round of funding provides an exciting opportunity for councils and local clubs to consider projects that provide long-term benefits to local communities.”

Successful projects between $5000 and $250,000 will be funded up to 50 per cent of projects costs.

Applications open on Monday, 28 May, and close on 13 July 2018. More information can be found at www.sport.nsw.gov.au/nsw-sports-events/worldt20