A new $100 million Greater Cities and Regional Sports Facility Fund was announced to stimulate local economies, boost employment, and promote healthy lifestyles across New South Wales.
It is part of the 2020-21 Budget released by the NSW Government on Tuesday that has delivered some exciting news for the community sport sector.
This funding will stretch over the next two years and be able to go towards NSW football clubs who can concentrate on upgrading and improving their facilities to a better standard.
“Right across NSW, community sport is the heart and soul of our social fabric and we want to make sure we have the best infrastructure for our State,” Acting Minister for Sport, Multiculturalism, Seniors and Veterans Geoff Lee said.
“$100 million will be injected into improving facilities and spaces across metropolitan and regional NSW to enable more people to participate in sport and active recreation.
“By investing in new and existing infrastructure we will encourage participation in grassroots sport and create employment opportunities as part of the NSW Government’s multi-billion-dollar infrastructure pipeline.
“We have seen record participation in children’s sport thanks to our Active Kids program and our investment in sports infrastructure aims to build on this success across all genders and abilities.”
Football NSW sees this funding as an opportunity to address facility issues that they identified in their NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy 2020-2030. These funds can help increase support for the largest team-based sport in NSW.
Football NSW has congratulated their State Government on this 2020/21 Budget which will make a profound impact in bouncing back from COVID-19.
The funds compliment the NSW Government’s $148 million investment in the Active Kids program this year, to further support communities to keep active and involved.
The Budget will also allocate $3 million for the development of a business case to turn Jubilee Oval in Kogarah into a revitalised suburban stadium.