Sydney Thunder WBBL and BBL players dropped into Henty today to congratulate the local Cricket Club on fundraising efforts to upgrade their practice facilities

Like many NSW towns, Henty’s sporting clubs are often the glue to the community, with a passionate and inclusive membership driven by volunteers.

The problem for Henty is, while they have the people who play and love cricket, they struggle for facilities, training in outdated, uninviting and unsafe nets, or even on the local golf course.

So, a group of their volunteers proactively got together and called in some help applying for existing grants.

Junior members of the club did their bit too, raising over $1000 to put towards the project through the collection and recycling of cans. In all, around $100,000 has been raised; including grant allocations from…

– Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund – $24,000
– Federal MP (Stronger Communities Fund) – $20,000
– Riverina Water (Community Grants Program) – $20,000
– Bendigo Bank – $20,000
– NSW Govt (Local Sport Grant Program) – $15,000
– Henty Cricket Club juniors – $1000

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said the best way to keep communities fit and healthy is to offer first-rate sporting facilities right here at home.

“This Federal grant was all about strengthening local connections and building participation, so the project was a perfect fit. My congratulations to all for the collaborative effort, so typical of Henty’s DNA, in making it happen.”

Member for Albury Justin Clancy congratulated Henty Cricket Club on its successful fundraising.

“Henty Cricket Club is one of those fantastic country clubs filled with active community members who love their sport and who work hard to look after each other and to get the job done.

“The NSW Government is pleased to support the Club and its members to improve facilities.”

Cricket NSW has a goal of doubling the number of children registered to play the game by 2025 – Henty CC is also determined to attract and retain more players, particularly 5-12 year olds, juniors and girls.

Since 2013, Cricket NSW in partnership with Cricket Australia, has provided approximately $7.86 million in funding to support 335 NSW cricket projects worth almost $100 million in facility investment.