Gosnells Cricket Club indoor training facility to become reality after receiving grant from State Govt

Terry Healy; Gosnells Cricket Club President Ross Leipold; City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle JP; Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray; with Gosnells junior cricketers.
Terry Healy; Gosnells Cricket Club President Ross Leipold; City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle JP; Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray; with Gosnells junior cricketers.

GOSNELLS Cricket Club say a new planned indoor training facility will be a game-changer for local cricket clubs.

The designated training centre, which will be the only one in the southeast corridor, will feature four indoor cricket pitches with nets.

The club, which competes in the WACA Premier Cricket Grade competition, will officially progress the green-lit project after a $150,000 grant from the State Government.

Gosnells Cricket Club president Ross Leipold said the facility had been in the pipeline since 2002 and would benefit all clubs in the district.

“It’s been long time coming, to actually get it on the move now is exciting, not only for our club, but all the clubs in our district zone in the City of Gosnells,” he said.

“Obviously we’re going to charge for the hire of it, we’re hoping clubs within our district will be able to get access to it at a much cheaper rate.”

Leipold said the centre would save the club money and allow it to train all year round.

“We (currently) spend a heap of money on hiring other venues in the district, we spend thousands of dollars just on pre-season training and as you know the weather during summer can be quite fickle as well,” he said.

“It just allows us and the clubs in our district also to have access when the weather is not too good or inclement.”

In addition to the State Government grant, the club will contribute $150,000 to the project and the City of Gosnells will contribute at least $150,000.

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