Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke watched the Young Cherrypickers during a training session this week to learn how the club’s rapid growth was being helped by the Nationals in Government.

Ms Cooke visited the 16-year-old league tag girls at Keith Cullen Oval and saw how the game’s increasing popularity meant the club’s existing facilities needed an upgrade.

“It was fantastic to see the dedication these girls were showing during their training and how committed they were to improving not only themselves but the team as well,” Ms Cooke said. “The club has seen major growth in the number of female players and it had become pretty clear that the changing facilities were no longer coping. In 2011 they had four registered female players, this year they have 114 girls registered in five league tag sides.

“The club made an application to the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and received $99,556 to help them upgrade their changerooms and toilet block.”

“Soon the players will be able to get changed in a fully equipped changeroom with showers, and there will also be a fully accessible toilet for wheelchair users visiting the park,” Ms Cooke said.