STATE’S BEST YOUNG CRICKETERS CONVERGE ON THE DUBBO REGION
From this Friday 18 December, more than 600 young cricketers will converge on the Dubbo region, to play some of the best cricket you’ll see at a junior level. For five nights, the region will host the Cricket NSW Youth Championships, cementing its reputation as the epicentre for events, as we continue our recovery from the effects of COVID-19.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region says the region is well prepared for the young cricket stars, with some of the best playing fields in the state based right here in the Dubbo region.
“These young cricketers will be playing on eight different grounds in Dubbo, and a further three grounds in Wellington. Our staff have been preparing these playing fields for months, and with the drought finally easing, it means our fields are in the best condition they’ve been in for months,” said Councillor Shields.
There are considerable economic and social benefits of bringing mass participation events, like the Cricket NSW Youth Championships, to the region, and it is made possible by ensuring various directorates at Council are working simultaneously to deliver the event. This ensures that Council is cultivating incentives and value-adding to the visitor experience to attract events like this.
It’s estimated that the five-night stay will inject $800,000 into the local economy, as most of the young players are from out of town. It’s the second year Cricket NSW has brought this event to the Dubbo region, but Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has been working with Cricket NSW to bring other events to the region for the past five years.
“It’s a great relationship that we have with Cricket NSW, and although it’s only the second year we’ve hosted the Cricket NSW Youth Championships, I’m looking forward to seeing how this relationship blossoms. Who knows, we might even be able to secure the Big Bash, if we continue showing everyone how good our fields are!” said Councillor Shields.
Council partnered with Cricket NSW to gain funding under the T20 Legacy Fund, and is sponsoring the event for three years, to the value of $7,000 a year. It’s a return on investment after significant upgrades to No 1 Oval were completed early this year.
“This will be the first cricket season where we’ll have teams trying out our new-and-improved oval. A lot of hard work has gone into making sure the fields are in top condition ahead of the busy season ahead,” said Councillor Shields.
Cricket NSW says it’s a great opportunity to be able to bring some of the state’s best young players to a regional area, as many of their juniors are from regional NSW.
“The Cricket NSW Youth Championships was established last season to provide opportunity for all, regardless of where they live, inspiring our next generation of cricketers, coaches and umpires to love and play cricket. We look forward to watching NSW’s future stars emerge from this competition. We thank Dubbo Regional Council for their focus on youth sport in their support of the Cricket NSW Youth Championships competition and development of cricket grounds within the Dubbo regional council area,” said Mark Cameron from Cricket NSW.
Last Edited: 17 Dec 2020