Regional cricket scores through ClubGRANTS
Orange is the latest community to get some solid runs on the board with Nationals Candidate Scott Barrett joining Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones, Orange City Council Mayor John Davis and special guest Ellyse Perry at the announcement of a $2.2 million state-of-the-art indoor cricket and sports centre.
The new development is part of Cricket NSW’s Cricket & Community Centre strategy and will establish Orange as a regional centre of cricketing excellence. Designed to help community groups, sports clubs and councils deliver important sports infrastructure in their local areas, the ClubGRANTS program has been an overwhelming success to date.
Modern and safe community facilities have been built and upgraded across the state, allowing locals to partake in sport and recreation activities and improve their overall fitness and well-being. It is owing to the ClubGRANTS model that the NSW Government was able to contribute $1 million towards funding the sporting precinct.
Growing up in the region, Scott said Orange deserved quality resources to foster regional talent and he was excited to see different bodies working together towards creating a regional sports hub.
“As a kid playing cricket for Bowen Central and Orange Public School I could have only dreamed of having access to facilities like this. I am excited our current and future cricketers will have greater support in achieving their dreams.”
Troy Grant said the newest ClubGRANTS project would foster a sense of community and help rising sports stars in the Colour City.
“The NSW Government is very proud to give our current and next generation of cricketers a training facility that will give them every chance of a crack at wearing the baggy green. That’s not all – this centre will provide netball and soccer facilities and a community centre that will be an attraction for all of Orange.”
The centre is set to be completed in 2017 and will include a high performance cricket area with training lanes for junior and senior players and monitors for playback to assist training.
Multi-purpose indoor sports courts and a modular community center will also be included in the build along with change rooms, toilets, a gym, classroom/meeting room, an office space, canteen and outdoor seating area.