Indoor training facility a win for local cricket

Published on Thursday 4 July, 2019

Gosnells Cricket Club Sod Turning

A new indoor training facility planned for Sutherlands Park will score runs on the board for local cricketers, with construction starting this month.

The $540,000 facility is a joint project between the City of Gosnells, the Gosnells Cricket Club, Cricket Australia, the WACA and a State Government Local Projects Local Jobs grant of $150,000.

The City and Gosnells Cricket Club will each contribute $170,000 while Cricket Australia and the WACA will fund $50,000 through the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund. 

It will include four indoor cricket wickets available for year-round use, regardless of the weather.

Currently, local cricket clubs travel to Leeming or beyond to hire other clubs’ indoor training facilities, which is time consuming and expensive. Because existing facilities outside the City are in such high demand, local clubs often end up training very late at night.

Mayor Glenn Dewhurst said he hoped the planned facilities would help local clubs hit their rivals for six.

“The City is eager to encourage local residents to be more involved in sport and club activities, such as cricket, and this indoor training facility will help to make this much easier,” he said.

“Having this facility at Sutherlands Park will take away significant costs and inconvenience for Gosnells Cricket Club and for other nearby clubs.”

Southern River MLA Terry Healy said the facility is a win for the local residents.

“Funding for the Gosnells Cricket Club indoor facility was a major election commitment by myself, and I’m very proud to be delivering on this and other election promises,” he said.

WACA CEO Christina Matthews said the project was a good demonstration of State Government, Local Government and cricket working together to deliver a positive outcome.

“Australian Cricket is investing more into local cricket facilities than ever before and we are pleased to be able to support the Gosnells Cricket Club with the indoor training facility”

Gosnells Cricket Club President Ross Leipold said the club was looking forward to the project’s completion.

“We have junior teams that compete year round and it becomes very expensive to hire other facilities for them,” he said.

“We hope that the new facilities will improve our performance on the field as a team and as individuals and, in the long term, help us to attract and retain more players.”