Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke yesterday announced Temora United Soccer Club will receive $61,000 from the second round of the Asia Cup Legacy Fund.

“The facilities and amenities at the Temora Soccer Grounds will receive a much needed, long overdue upgrade,” Ms Cooke said.

“Well done to Di Kemp – Grants Officer and life member, Debbie Block – President and life member, Daryl Kemp – Treasurer and life member, and everyone at the club. I’m so proud of everything you do week in and out.

“It is fantastic to see that this major international sporting event hosted in 2015 has been able to continue to benefit grassroots sport by helping to boost local participation through these successful grants,” she added.

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said the fund will invest $4.1 million back in local clubs around the state from the 2015 Asia Cup Legacy Fund.

Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said: “The second round of the fund will see 19 projects worth more than $2.3 million go towards improving the quality and quantity of local club facilities across the state.”

NSW Football CEO Stuart Hodge said the collaborative effort of the NSW Government, Football NSW (FNSW) and Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) has enabled local clubs to benefit.

“Along with supporting participation, we will see flow-on effects such as these upgraded and new facilities creating stronger communities – whilst improving the overall experience for players, coaches and spectators,” Mr Hodge said.

“With more than 280,000 registered players now playing football in NSW, it is the financial support from initiatives such as this legacy fund that will ensure the future of football continues to grow around the state.”

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