Thanks to a $60,000 grant received last year from the City’s Community Investment and Support Fund, the club built four new hard wicket pitches and 10 new turf pitches in time for the 2018–19 season.
And it has paid off for the Lions who are currently on top of the Geelong Cricket Association’s Club Championships – as the best performing club across the top four senior grades. Club President Gerry Wakefield said the project turned the club’s 40-yearold practice wickets into one of the best local cricket training facilities in our region.
“The quality of training has stepped up because of the new facilities and we are confident this has played a significant role in on-field performances right across the club,” Mr Wakefield said. “It’s really enhanced the quality of training and brought the club together by enabling all of the senior playing group to train together,” he said. “There’s also more opportunity for the wider community to use our facilities.”
Community Investment and Support Fund grants are open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations to undertake projects that benefit the wider Greater Geelong community. The City’s 2019–20 grants open in the coming months; for more information visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/grants