Orange District Football have seen the successful acquisition of $108,428 in funding for a lighting upgrade at Sir Jack Brabham Park.
Sir Jack Brabham Park is the home of Orange Football and the news of funding comes as a massive win for the world game in regional NSW.
In addition, the NSW State Government have announced the recipients of the Club Grants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants – July Round, with $4.1 million set to be invested into 41 projects to strengthen local communities.
Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello stated the grants would boost the economy, provide local jobs, and help businesses as the State reopens.
For the Orange region, lighting has been identified as a critical issue, with half of the floodlit fields in Orange below the Australian Lighting Standard of 50 lux.
Increasing Playing Capacity is a key strategic pillar for of the NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy and improving field lighting is a proven method of increasing participation capacity.
Sports lighting allows players of all ages and abilities to train safely at night and can provide the opportunity to play competition football providing flexibility in scheduling.
The upgrade of lighting at Sir Jack Brabham Park will allow Orange District Football to run a female midweek competition in 2022 and beyond in what comes as great news with the growth of female football set to explode with Australia and New Zealand hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.
Football estimates that there will be another 187,000 new female participants in NSW by 2027 due to the flow on effects from the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The next round of the NSW Government’s Club Grants Category 3 – Infrastructure Grants program open is now open. The fund closes on Monday November 22.
You can find out more and apply here.