The next round of submissions for Cricket Australia’s Growing Cricket for Girls Fund is now open, with Clubs, schools and associations encouraged to apply for access to a funding pool of more than $1-million to help ensure cricket is a game for all Australians.
The national initiative launched mid-2016, with an aim of supporting the access to, and development of, girls’ competitions at the community level across Australia.
The Fund opened with an investment of close to $5-million over four years, half of which was allocated to launch new, and develop existing, female-only cricket leagues, with grants ranging from $2,000 for clubs and schools, to $10,000 for associations.
The current, second-year application window opened Tuesday 18 April and closes Tuesday 6 June 2017.
The program played a significant role in its first year in making cricket more accessible to girls, with an additional 311 girls-only teams launching across Australia in 2016-17 to take the total to 538, while there were 41 new competitions and 11 expanded competitions.
The WACA was instrumental in that success, with its unique and highly-successful Perth Scorchers Girls League growing from 17 to 64 teams over the past season, with new regional competitions forming in Northam, Peel, Midland-Guildford, Esperance and the South West, while 12 new teams entered the metro competition.
Margie Oldfield, Female Coordinator at Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club and the WACA’s Female Volunteer of the Year, said: "The GCGF allows clubs that are just venturing into girls’ cricket for the first time to supply coaches and equipment specifically for their girls’ teams.
"Registering a new girls’ team to a club may mean that a club needs to purchase new equipment and potentially pay for a coach.
"The GCGF gives clubs an opportunity to embrace the new girls team without the financial concerns that many community clubs have, so it’s a great incentive for clubs to make that leap.
"The more clubs that register girl’s teams, the stronger the competition and the better outcome for all the girls that love the game of cricket.”
For more information please visit http://community.cricket.com.au/clubs/a-sport-for-all/growing-cricket-for-girls or contact Chloe Nella at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0439 857 512.
Applications open: Tuesday 18 April 2017
Applications close: Tuesday 6 June 2017
Applicants notified: Monday 26 June – Friday 30 June 2017
Acquittal due: Friday 30 March 2018