Harley Hammond Reserve.

Broadford Cricket Club is one of 15 community grounds in Victoria to secure funding to improve facilities for players, including new nets and pitches.

The State Government announced grants totalling $1.4 million from the 2020-21 Community Cricket Program, including $100,000 to upgrade the four-net training facility at Broadford’s Harley Hammond Reserve.

Broadford Cricket Club president Lee McKenzie said the funding was a welcome opportunity.

“We’re really excited,” he said.

“Upgraded nets mean we can improve safety and provide much better training for our teams, and hopefully the upgrades will help the development of our juniors too.”

Mr McKenzie said the club would now be more prepared for the future and the growing community.

“We hope there will be a lot more options,” he said.

“It’s not just important for the cricket club either, as two of the four nets will be open at all times and anyone will be able come for a hit with their kids whenever they like.

“We only heard about the funding recently so it’s still a little while off, but we’re excited to be provided with the opportunity.”

Since 2019, the Community Cricket Program has invested more than $2.8 million in 30 cricket infrastructure projects across Victoria.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence said the grants would allow more Victorians to become involved in their community.

“Cricket provides a cherished sporting and social outlet for so many Victorians and this new support will help players at training and on match day,” she said.

“It’s a winner on many levels, including for clubs in their ability to attract new players and volunteers to get involved and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.”

The 2021-22 Community Cricket Program will open for applications in August 2021.

For information about the Community Cricket Program, visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.

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