Chittering Junior Cricket Club is one of 15 successful ACIF funding recipients that will have plenty to smile about, with significant upgrades to their club facilities on the horizon.

Chittering’s upgrades will provide modern inclusive changerooms that cater for the entire community including disabled and female members with more privacy and safe changerooms for participants to utilise. The project will also provide a much larger social space to cater for large events.

The club has seen huge growth recently, last year recording a 25% increase in junior boys teams, a 20% increase in Woolworths Cricket Blast participants and an increase in junior girls participation, while it is exploring an offering for Senior Women’s cricket.

Chittering Junior Cricket Club’s President William Grimshaw said the ACIF will help the club see the new changerooms and clubrooms project come to life and help cement cricket as the sport to play within the community in summer.

“Our current changerooms and clubrooms are well below Cricket Australia’s facility guidelines. This new facility will enable all members at the Chittering Junior Cricket Club as well as visiting opposition teams the opportunity to use the facilities and create a better experience off-field for our participants and members,” he said.

“The new facilities will help provide our members the quality changerooms they need especially as we are looking to have U11’s and U15’s girls sides in the upcoming 2021-22 season. These new clubrooms and changerooms will only continue to benefit the club and wider Chittering community moving forward.”

Developing the infrastructure for growing clubs like Chittering represents Cricket’s continued commitment to developing grassroots cricket across the State. Since 2018-19, the ACIF has provided funding to 75 cricket infrastructure projects in WA, delivering a partnered investment of almost $25 million in total project value.

WACA Infrastructure Specialist Brodie Green, said he was grateful to Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) through its contribution via the Grassroots Cricket Fund for continuing to support grassroots cricket.

“We’re so pleased that Cricket Australia and the ACA are co-investing with the WACA as well as our government and private sector partners to support our growing local cricket community clubs to improve access to Cricket for everyone through the ACIF,” he said.

“This funding will help deliver key projects the community has been striving to deliver and it will provide access to safe and inclusive facilities which benefit the entire cricket community.”

A new round of the ACIF for 2021-22 is due to open in October 2021, with cricket clubs and associations, councils and schools encouraged to identify project plans that can be moved forward with ACIF funding support.

Click here for a list of successful ACIF applicants in 2020-21.

About the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund:
• Cricket Australia, in partnership with State and Territory Associations, is committed to developing quality facilities that provide a welcoming environment for all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators
• This investment has been bolstered by the commitment of additional funding to the ACIF via the Grassroots Cricket Fund of up to $1 million per annum. The Grassroots Cricket Fund is a partnership between the Australian Cricketers' Association and Cricket Australia, with the funding being contributed by Australian cricketers to support cricket in local communities
• The ACIF is open to all clubs, associations, schools, councils and cricket facility managers, acknowledging the important role that these partners play in providing facilities for community cricket across Australia