North Bundaberg Cricket Club has unveiled new training equipment purchased with a $31,315 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
The club successfully obtained funds to purchase a bowling machine, pop-up nets, line and length markers and mats.
The club caters for players from as young as seven, with teams in all junior competitions.
Junior coordinator Gail Pimm said the new equipment allowed for a more engaging player experience.
“Having access to modern training tools means we can provide diverse methods of developing, bowling, batting and fielding skills in a fun and engaging way,” she said.
“With more than 60 junior and 40 senior players our facilities are always busy so the new equipment will certainly be well loved.
“Bundaberg North Cricket Club wants everybody to be able to play the sport they love, so we try our best to supply all the necessary gear in attempt to keep costs down for local families.”
The club also purchased first-aid kits and helmets to follow Cricket Australia’s new guidelines.
Visiting the club this week, Member for Bundaberg David Batt said he was delighted to see the club’s excitement.
“I grew up in a cricket loving family so it was a joy to visit Bundaberg North’s Cricket Club and see first-hand just how much of a difference this funding has made,” he said.
“Here in Bundy, we are lucky to have so many residents volunteer their time to organisations like Bundaberg North Cricket Club and without grants like this one, I know just how difficult it can be to raise enough money to purchase what they need, so this is a great result.
“I am pleased to support not-for-profit groups within the Bundaberg electorate and it was my pleasure to act as a referee for the club’s application.”
With applications currently open the next round of the fund, Mr Batt is urging local groups to apply.
“If you are involved with a Bundaberg not-for-profit group that’s looking for funding, this could be the perfect opportunity,” he said.
“The GCBF uses a percentage of gambling revenue to assist not-for-profit groups enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for residents by providing funding from $500 to $35,000.
“If you have any questions about the grant or would like me to act as a referee, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with my office.”