SACA Club Facilities Grant Program

SACA Club Facilities Grant Program

The South Australian Cricket Association is delighted to announce the opening of the 2014/15 Club Facilities Grant Program, with up to $5,000 in grant funding for grassroots community cricket clubs to develop their cricket-related facilities.

This continued grant funding reaffirms SACA’s commitment to increase participation through the provision of quality facilities, and aims to inspire the next generation of cricketers and fans.

SACA chief executive Keith Bradshaw, at the opening of the 2014/15 cricket season, noted the investment that SACA has made to boost facilities across the state.

“SACA’s Club Facility Grant funding initiative is an integral component of our strategy to protect and improve cricket’s facilities. By increasing utilisation and partnering with other bodies, SACA’s funding to improve aging facilities continues to support the growth strategies SACA has put in place for South Australia’s metropolitan and regional regions,” he said. “In the last two seasons, SACA has granted over $500,000 to more than 130 cricket clubs, and this has resulted in over $1.5 million of capital works to cricket facilities across the state.”

Projects which include financial contributions from cricket clubs, the Office for Recreation and Sport and/or local councils will be given priority.

The funding streams are:

  • Club Facilities Grant Program; up to $5,000 (closes October 27 2014)
  • Club Artificial Turf Grants; up to $2,000 (closes October 27 2014)

Proposed facility improvement projects must be linked to increased opportunities for cricket participation, including enhancing the delivery of junior and senior programs. Projects could include cricket wickets, turf pitches, pitch covers, artificial turf for practice nets or oval wicket surface, shade structures for players, or towards change-rooms/clubrooms. Guidelines and the Application form can be downloaded here:

Successful Club Facility Grant recipients in 2013/14

During the 2013/14 season, the South Australian Cricket Association provided a series of grants to a total of 66 community cricket clubs and associations across the State.

Grants of up to $5,000 have been confirmed, boosting both regional and metropolitan cricket networks. New centre wickets, artificial turf surfaces, and the upgrading of major training and practice facilities were the focus of this round of funding, with the number of applications increasing substantially this season.

The funding is part of SACA’s Club Facilities Grant program, which is being made available following the $535 million redevelopment of Adelaide Oval. Some clubs have also sought funding through the State Government’s Office for Recreation and Sport, and are working with their Association or Local Council on larger projects to improve facilities.

 

SACA/SANFL Strategic Facilities Survey for Associations and Clubs

Ove rthe last 12 months, the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) has partnered with the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) in a project aimed at developing a Strategic Facilities Plan for community cricket and football in South Australia.

The SA Community Football League (SACFL) secured state government funding to conduct the project and the SACA were invited to be part of the strategy, given the close connection between the sports and the use of predominantly the same facilities around the state. One Eighty Sport & Leisure Solutions (180 SLS) were engaged to conduct the project.

One of the key issues confronting both football and cricket administrators is ensuring their facilities meet the required standards to enable safe and enjoyable competition to occur regardless of the age, ability level or experience of those participating.  Quality facilities are essential for community clubs to be a viable and strong part of their local community. Both sports are working together to develop a coordinated and cohesive approach to future facility development in order that the sports continue to prosper and provide high quality playing environments.

The project commenced under the guidance of a reference group including representatives from the Community Football League, SACA, the Office for Recreation and Sport, and 180SLS and the initial report has been delivered for consideration. By gathering the relevant data for this project through an extensive consultation process with the key stakeholders, a strategic document has been produced which identifies the key areas for cricket and football to coolaborate on joint facility developments.

The survey link for clubs is still open below, and has been designed to capture an extensive database of cricket facilities across the state whilst at the same time identifying other key issues facing cricket administrators.

Your responses to these surveys will be used to guide the SACA’s Club Facility Grant Program, and to plan the development and upgrade of shared cricket facilities in the future.

CLUBS: To access the survey, click or follow the attached link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/X5978YQ

On behalf of the SACA, we thank all clubs and associations for taking part in the survey and your contribution to the consultation process is greatly appreciated.

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