Over $1 million in funding has been delivered to regional venues, with Round 1 of the NSW Government’s Regional Sport Facility Fund.
The NSW Government has committed $50 million to the Regional Sport Facility Fund over two years, helping to create spaces and facilities that enable communities to enjoy and take part in sport.
The fund has been designed to give organisations quality sport infrastructure, to cater for the current and future needs of the community.
Minister for Sport Natalia Ward said the projects would keep communities healthy and active whilst leading a sports infrastructure construction blitz.
Football South Coast and the Shoalhaven District Football Association were two organisations to get funding. This successfully went towards one amenity renewal at Albion Oval and an upgrade in floodlighting at Bernie Regan Sporting Complex.
Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge was delighted by the NSW Government’s decision to assist in the upgrading of facilities in Regional NSW.
“I applaud the NSW Government for providing this much needed funding to Regional NSW, he said.
“With the FIFA Women’s World Cup taking place in 2023 infrastructure projects such as these will ensure that football is well equipped to cater for the increase in female participants over the few years.
“The funding received supports the NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy that was released by Football NSW and Northern NSW Football last year.
“The three projects directly relate to the five key pillars of the strategy, primarily Improving existing venue capacity and Inclusive football facilities.
“Only one in five amenity buildings across NSW are gender neutral.
“In NSW 46% of all playing fields do not have sports lighting or have lighting below 50 lux which is the minimum Australian Standard for training.”
The successfully funded projects will ensure that coaches, volunteers, referees and players (of all abilities) are able to enjoy their football experience well into the future.
A full list of successful recipients from the Regional Sports Facility Fund – Round 1 can be found here.
Applications for Round Two of the Regional Sports Facility Fund will open shortly.
Clubs and organisations looking to apply for funding in Round 2 should contact Daniel Ristic from the Facilities and Advocacy Unit at Football NSW.