Buckley Ridges Cricket Club is one of 93 grassroots clubs across the state benefiting from more than $250,000 in facility upgrades, equipment and programs to encourage even more people to strap on their pads.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, said the club will receive more than $2,500 in funding from the Victorian Government’s Community Cricket Program’s Club Capacity and Workforce Development Grants.

The funding will be used by the club for the installation of a new concrete slab for the practice nets and the central wicket, as well as the purchase of pitch covers.

It’s part of a broader Victorian Government initiative with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia to deliver a $12.4 million program to give our cricketers the facilities they deserve and build Victoria’s status as the sporting capital of Australia.

The Community Cricket Program: On Common Ground is creating new opportunities for Victorians of all ages and abilities to enjoy our national summer pastime, no matter where they live.

As part of the program, the Club Capacity and Workforce Development Grants will deliver $800,000 over four years to help clubs undertake minor facility upgrades, buy equipment or run programs that build the base of players, coaches, umpires and volunteers.

Projects funded in this round include upgrades to practice nets, training for club administrators and coaches, and equipment such helmets, rollers, mowers and pitch covers.