More than $6 million will be injected across South Australian grassroots sporting facilities to address critical infrastructure upgrades as part of Round 2 of the Marshall Government’s Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program.
Work will commence over the next six months and include projects such as construction of family friendly changerooms, lighting upgrades and playing surface improvements.
The 12 projects were recommended to the Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard by a panel made up of members from the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing, South Australian National Football League (SANFL), South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) and Netball SA.
Minister Corey Wingard said in light of COVID-19 and its impact on sport, it’s now more important than ever to invest in the future of South Australian sport so it can emerge stronger on the other side.
“By getting these projects started, we’re giving these venues the best chance to bounce back from this pandemic by attracting more community sports participants,” the Minister said.
“The aim of the Grassroots Program remains the same - to develop core infrastructure which increases participation through the development of good quality, well designed and utilised facilities.
“We’re excited to see the outcomes of Round 2 where a $6 million investment will contribute to more than $27 million in project value.”
SANFL Chief Executive Officer Jake Parkinson welcomed the State Government’s commitment to investing in grassroots sports facilities and said he was thrilled the program has been extended to a third round of grants, especially during this challenging time for clubs across state.
“This is a unique collaborative multi-sports approach to facilities funding enhanced by commitments from local government,” Mr Parkinson said.
“As a result, we are better positioned to ensure the future sustainability and success of community football clubs through much-needed quality, well-designed shared-use facilities.
“The AFL’s contribution to this funding program also underpins its vision to support and continue the great growth in SA."
SACA Chief Executive Officer Keith Bradshaw said the latest round of infrastructure projects will provide multi-purpose, flexible facilities that will serve the diverse and growing number of cricketers across the state.
“SACA appreciates the support of our program partners, local government and cricket clubs who are ensuring that South Australian communities will have great places to play when cricket starts again,” Mr Bradshaw said.
Netball SA Chief Executive Officer Bronwyn Klei said the Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Program demonstrates how three major sports can collaborate to achieve great outcomes for community sport.
“I’m thrilled that netball clubs and associations will benefit from improved facilities and the flow on effect that will have on their members,” Ms Klei said.
“I know our regional members will be very pleased with the announcements of round two funding for projects such as Jamestown, Clare, Goolwa and the Mid Hills Netball Association.”
The majority of clubs and councils who apply are required to contribute at least 50% of the project costs and need to work with the ORSR, SANFL, SACA and/or Netball SA to produce the best application possible.
Applications for the Grassroots Football, Cricket, and Netball Facility Program – Round 3, worth $5 million, are open now and will close Thursday, 30 April.
To apply visit the ORSR website https://www.orsr.sa.gov.au/funding/apply_for_funding/gfcnfp
Grassroots Football, Cricket, and Netball Facility Program – Round 2 successful applicants: