The Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund (ACIF) is a joint initiative between Cricket Australia, Queensland Cricket and the Australian Cricketers’ Association through the Grassroots Cricket Fund that allows cricket clubs and associations, schools and Councils to apply for seed funding to build and improve local cricket facilities and grounds.
Approved funding from the 2019-2020 ACIF will see 44 projects across Queensland receive seed funding of $1.06 million for projects with an expected total value of approximately $23.1 million.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson said the funding would kick-start several important projects.
“There are many touchpoints with the ACIF funding and this is particularly so in Queensland,’’ he said.
“These projects range from the Gold Coast to Lakeland in Far North Queensland and support every kind of cricket infrastructure. Importantly, upgraded infrastructure greatly assists the many dedicated volunteers our clubs and associations to service and grow the game.’’
“Some of the major projects include constructing female-friendly change and club rooms at Chelmer Oval and Bill Pippen Oval at Robina, field lighting at Greenbank Cricket Club, the establishment of school wickets on the Sunshine Coast and cricket training nets projects in Mackay,” he said.
“The recent Australian Cricket Census data for Queensland highlighted that improved infrastructure helped contribute to our surge in entry level and junior numbers.
“Having their first experience at cricket in a Woolworths Cricket Blast session on a Friday night under lights is increasingly becoming the norm for our youngest players and their families, which is why lighting of venues is a key strategic priority for Queensland Cricket and our clubs and associations around the State.
“We are very grateful to our partners Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association for their ongoing support of the ACIF and look forward to working together to bring more important projects to completion in the future,” Svenson said.
A full list of successful projects in the 2019-20 ACIF funding round can be accessed here
The ACIF plays a crucial role in developing grassroots cricket across the state, especially for kids, and ensuring QC and CA are uniting and inspiring Queensland communities through cricket, and cementing cricket as Australia’s Favourite Sport.
Applications for a new round of ACIF for 2020-21 are due to open soon, with cricket clubs, Councils and schools encouraged to dust off project plans that can be moved forward with ACIF seed funding support.