Associations, clubs, schools and State and Regional School Sporting Associations can apply for grants of up to $5000 a year over two years as part of a ground breaking funding initiative for female sport that in year one proved to be an instant hit with more than 500 girls teams joining more than 40 new girls competitions around Australia.

One such success story was the Wellington Cricket Club who used the funding to enter a team into the inaugural Hobart Hurricanes Girls Under 14 League. This is the first time a club from the Southern Cricket Association (SCA) entered a female team into a roster.

Cricket Tasmania Southern Regional Cricket Manager Paul Collins said Wellington is a great case study for all community clubs across Tasmania.

“It’s great to see a Southern Cricket Association club utilising the funding available to help set up a junior female team. The SCA has traditionally been great in the junior boys space with a lot of clubs entering teams in the Youth League. There is massive growth potential within this area and Cricket Tasmania actively encourages all community clubs to get involved and help grow the sport.

“The Junior Formats Stage 1 playing conditions, which were adopted for this competition, were an excellent way to introduce new female players to pitch cricket and allow them to work on their batting, bowling and overall game sense in an environment suitably aligned to their skill level.

“Funding directly assisted Cricket Tasmania and clubs to build their female pathway by minimising the gap between entry level programs such as MILO T20 Blast and the senior teams making female growth more sustainable.

“Looking forward, the ideal model would be for more community-based clubs across the state to apply and be involved in the different junior rosters throughout the whole of Tasmania,” Mr Collins said.

Ian Marshall from Wellington Cricket Club said the grant application was very simple and it was fantastic that once approved the club could immediately buy equipment just for the girls’ team.

“The under 14 girls format was great and the girls improved their skills throughout the roster with shorter boundaries and the reduction in length of pitch which really helped.

“The girls gained confidence with bowling and batting and it was great to see balls going for four and six later in roster,” Mr Marshall said.

To apply for grants CLICK HERE. Applications close tonight, Monday 19th of June.