Caboolture Sports Cricket Club officially opened its state of the art cricket development centre on Saturday 24th October located at the Grant Road Sports Grounds in Morayfield.
Australian and Queensland government representatives joined with Moreton Bay Regional Council councillors and Caboolture Sports Club representatives (pictured above) to unveil the plaque and welcome in a new era for the Club.
The new facility will help cater for year-round training for members and various cricket users and features a full-height tilt concrete slab that eliminates ‘bat on ball’ noise disturbance for neighbouring residences; LED lighting that can be varied to suit high-performance training squads and other users; fully air-conditioned facilities and a 50 panel/16.5kw solar electric system.
“Unlike commercial indoor cricket centres that provide social competitions, our new facility’s focus is on cricket skill development and supporting cricket development pathways for emerging and talented local players,” said Caboolture Sports Cricket Club president, Steve Adams.
“Cricket player success is about acquiring sound fundamental skills using quality coaching and continuing to develop player’s skills to maximize their potential and ultimately have the best chance of gaining higher-level selections” added Adams.
“We now have a quality dedicated cricket facility right here in Morayfield that will focus on skill development. This will not only assist our higher-level teams but equally important, our juniors and new female players that are coming into the game,” added Adams.
“We’ve been able to put $400,000 of the Caboolture Sports Club money into additional cricket wickets, side screens, picket fencing, and all that infrastructure will hopefully get us into the Brisbane competition in the near future,” commented Kelvin Patch, CSC Group CEO.
Constructed over 12 weeks by Brisbane-based Spaceframe Construction Pty Ltd, the Cricket Development Centre and other areas of the facility has received over $1.6 million in funding over two years and various levels of funding from Government and sporting stakeholders including Sport Australia’s – Community Sports Infrastructure Fund; Queensland Government’s Active Community Infrastructure Fund; Queensland Cricket’s grant via the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund; Moreton Bay Regional Council through its Regional Communities Projects Grant; the Australian Government’s Community Energy Efficiencies and Solar Grants Program; and Caboolture Sports Club’s Major Development Fund.
With the facilities now upgraded, the club is set to have its senior mens and womens teams to be ready to compete in the Brisbane Premier grades by 2023/2024.