Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke with members of the Young and District Cricket Association which received $100,000 to upgrade Cranfield Oval in Round 1 of the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is calling all cricket clubs in the electorate to consider applying for a share in a $2 million commitment to the sport’s grassroots level.

Cricket clubs and councils can apply for grants thanks to Round 2 of the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Cricket Legacy Fund.

“I make no secret of the fact that going to watch the Boxing Day Test is one of the few reasons I would rearrange my diary, and so I’m delighted to announce this funding opportunity,” Ms Cooke said.

“The NSW Government has ensured grassroots cricket in regional and suburban areas benefits from NSW hosting games at the women’s and men’s ICC T20 World Cup tournaments,” Ms Cooke said.

“The NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Legacy Fund enables clubs and councils in the Cootamundra electorate to improve cricket facilities, increase participation and attract major cricket events.

“Round 1 saw Young and District Cricket Association receive $100,000 to upgrade Cranfield Oval, and I would love to be able to see other clubs take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.”

Minister for Sport John Sidoti said the ICC T20 World Cup will be an amazing spectacle of the world’s best male and female cricketers.

“The ICC T20 World Cup is the format’s pinnacle competition and the atmosphere at games will be electric,” Mr Sidoti said.

“Sydney will host 14 matches across the Men’s and Women’s ICC T20 World Cup tournaments, including three of the four semi-finals in both tournaments and the Women’s Opening Celebration at Sydney Showground Stadium between Australia and India.

“The T20 Legacy Fund is about giving back to local cricket clubs and I encourage clubs, associations and councils in the Cootamundra electorate to take advantage of this once in a generation opportunity.”

The Legacy Fund is part of the NSW Government’s successful bid for matches in Sydney at the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 tournaments resulting in a $6 million investment over three years in new facilities and programs to drive participation.

Applications for the NSW ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Legacy Fund are open until July 8. For further information on the Legacy Fund visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/t20worldcupfund