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T20 World Cup Legacy Fund Hits Runs For Community Cricket in Bega

Community cricket in the Bega Valley will receive a $5,000 funding boost, with the announcement of two successful projects in the final round of NSW ICC T20 World Cup Cricket Legacy Fund.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the funding will improve the participation experience for community cricket, especially for our kids and female players.

“This final round of funding will see grassroots cricket supported, with Bega Angledale the Pambula Cricket Clubs each receiving $2,500 for new equipment and clothing,” Mr Constance said.

Both Bega Angledale and Pambula Cricket clubs have a real focus on junior and female participation, these funds will enable both clubs to kit our the kids and ensure our junior and senior women’s teams have their own equipment as they foster the growth of women in cricket.

“This will help leave a lasting legacy for generations to come, well beyond the T20 World Cups and hopefully encourage more participants into the sport.”

Bega Angledale President, Rodney McDonald said this is great news for the club, the kids and our female teams.

“Our thanks to Andrew and the State Government for their support of grassroots sports, it really does make a difference to the clubs and players .

“These funds will allow us to provide new playing kits and protective equipment for our junior and women’s teams, which they will all be excited about.

“With over 60 registered juniors this season, new gear will give them a real buzz as we continue to focus on developing their skills as they become our clubs future seniors and possibly representative players,” Mr McDonald said.

Pambula Cricket Club Secretary, Dave Smith said Women’s cricket is in it’s third season on the Far South Coast and that the funding is just what the club needed.

At present the ladies team are using whatever is spare, so to be able to give them their own kit, is something the team will be super excited about.

We want to encourage all our teams to grow and the new kit for the girls will renew the enthusiasm and hopefully see numbers grow even further.

It is grants like these that really do make a difference to local community sports clubs and we are grateful for the support of the NSW Government,” Mr Smith said.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said the NSW Government is committed to supporting cricket in the bush and this funding will be a massive boost to grassroots cricket in regional communities.

“As Aussies we love our cricket and this is particularly true in regional NSW where a large social network often revolves around the local cricket club,” Mr Barilaro said.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the NSW Government has been proud to help boost grassroots development.

“We are committed to ensuring a lasting legacy from hosting T20 World Cup matches in Sydney and the legacy fund continues to deliver great outcomes,” Mr Lee said.

Cricket NSW Chief Executive Officer Lee Germon congratulated the successful recipients, acknowledging the role the legacy fund has played in helping to grow participation.

“Through the wonderful generosity of the NSW Government, $6 million in grants has been distributed to clubs and councils right across NSW to support participation growth and leave a lifelong legacy for our cricket communities”, Mr Germon said.

“The past two rounds of the Fund have had an incredible impact on cricket in NSW and this final round will be no different. Congratulations to all of the successful recipients and thank you for your support of cricket in your community.”

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will be held in 2022, with seven matches proposed to be held in Sydney. Fixtures and ticketing details will be available in 2021.

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Above: Bega Angledale U11s Girls (+ 1 brother) and the Bega Angledale and Pambula woman’s teams after a recent match.