Up to $150,000 is available from NSW Asian Cup Legacy Fund to help deliver better community facilities to local football clubs across NSW.
NSW Asian Cup Legacy Fund
The NSW Asian Cup Legacy Fund is an initiative of the NSW Government, Football NSW (FNSW) and Northern NSW Football (NNSWF), which has been established with the NSW Government’s surplus from the 2015 AFC Asian Cup to provide funding assistance to community football clubs (Clubs) to partner with local stakeholders to improve the quality, availability and standard of their facilities.
This Fund is being offered in order to:
- Meet strategic goals to grow, develop and promote the game of football
- Assist Clubs, member zones and associations in securing and/or leveraging financial commitments from various levels of government, other sport user groups, sponsors, local community and business organisations and/or other strategic partners to contribute towards funding the upgrade of community football facilities
- Build stronger communities through football
Community Football continues to boom in the wake of the Socceroos’ 2015 AFC Asian Cup victory and the Matildas’ successful run in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with participation levels experiencing significant growth. The sport provides considerable economic, health and social benefits to our local communities, and an independent report has valued this contribution at over $420 million annually to the NSW economy.
Football does, however, face real challenges at all levels of the game to access enough facilities of the right quality to meet the needs of the game. Many facilities are over-used, in poor condition, and demand often outstrips supply.
The overall objectives of the NSW Asian Cup 2015 Legacy Fund are to:
- Improve the quality and/or quantity of community football club facilities
- Improve the football experience for players, referees, coaches, administrators and spectators
- Provide opportunities for more participants to play more football, more often
- Improve safety at community football facilities (e.g. upgrade of field to provide a safer playing field, access pathways for players, disability ramps)
- Promote inclusive football opportunities within Clubs (e.g. upgrade of amenities to increase female participation, provision of disability access, upgrade of referee amenities)
- Increase security at community football facilities (e.g. installation of perimeter fencing).
The Fund may fund up to 50% of the net project costs, with a maximum funding contribution of $150,000 per project. The minimum amount an applicant can apply for is $50,000.
The Fund can be used for all community football facility development or enhancement. Funds can be used to upgrade existing pitches, amenities or facilities, or for the development and construction of new pitches, amenities or facilities.
Upgrades and improvements could include pitch drainage, irrigation or resurfacing, seating, canteens, lights, fencing, drainage, change rooms, match official amenities or storage spaces.
Incorporated clubs, member zones and associations, bodies or other deliverers that are affiliated, recognised and/or sanctioned by FNSW or NNSWF.
Applications close 2 March 2018.
Grassroots football clubs are being invited to apply for grants under the second round of Asian Cup Legacy Funding which opens today.
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the $4.1 million fund will help deliver better community facilities to local football clubs across NSW.
“I encourage local football clubs to apply for up to 50 per cent of the cost of building amenities or upgrading facilities, with a funding contribution of $50,000 – $150,000 per project,” Mr Ayres said.
“We know that improving local sports infrastructure helps build stronger communities and improves participation amongst children and adults alike.”
The $4.1 million NSW Asian Cup Legacy Fund is a joint initiative of the NSW Government, Football NSW and Northern NSW Football. Sixteen clubs successfully applied for $1.8 million in grants during the first round of 2016/17 applications.
More than 1,000 affiliated football clubs are now eligible for more than $2.3 million in funding for round two 2017/18 applications.
Football NSW Chief Executive Stuart Hodge said; “The decision to allocate a surplus from the Asian Cup competition to community football improves the overall experience for the 765,000 football participants in NSW through social, health, educational and cultural benefits.”
Northern NSW Football Chief Executive David Eland said; “Projects that are eligible include upgrades or developments to existing pitches, amenities and facilities, including irrigation, seating, canteens, lights, fencing, change rooms and storage spaces.”
Applications close 2 March 2018. More information can be found at sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants.