THE youngest members of the Wellington Cricket Club are jumping for joy thanks to a new cricket pitch at their home ground in Eady Street, Glenorchy.
During the off-season, a $16,000 grant was used to lengthen and widen the pitch to meet the regulation standards.
Wellington Cricket Club president Ian Marshall said the new pitch had helped the club’s junior cricketers gain confidence, especially with their bowling.
“Since the pitch was constructed in September, we have seen great improvements in the bowling skills of our u13 boys and u14 girls’ cricketers,” he said.
The Wellington Cricket Club was established in 1959 and has won 23 First Grade Premierships, including five of the past six First Grade Premierships in the Southern Cricket Association in the modern era.
“Currently, we have 140 members, which include four senior men’s teams, one senior women’s team, as well as a girls’ u14 team and a u13 boys’ team,” Mr Marshall said.
“The Wellington Cricket Club really appreciates the support given to us by the Tasmanian Liberal Government and especially from our local member Elise Archer, who is a big supporter of grassroots clubs like our own.
“The grant not only helps us to ensure we continue to produce cricketers of the future, but also assists in providing an affordable and inclusive opportunity for all members of the local community.
“Participation and experience in sport are highly associated to health, wellbeing and social benefits.”
Liberal Member for Clark (formerly Denison) Elise Archer, who assisted the club in receiving the grant, said the Hodgman Liberal Government was proud to support grassroots sporting organisations like the Wellington Cricket Club and other community clubs.
“We know this is one of the best ways to increase participation in sport and recreation, as well as promote community engagement and physical activity,” she said.
“Our commitment will help us achieve our targets, including having the healthiest population and reducing obesity to below the national average by 2025.”
Caption: Local Liberal Member for Clark (formerly Denison) Elise Archer with Wellington Cricket Club president Ian Marshall and junior club members.