Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said the overwhelming success of Australia hosting the AFC Asian Cup resulted in a surplus to improve facilities at a local level in NSW’s highest participated sport.
“If the Socceroos’ total domination in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup wasn’t enough, the good news just keeps on coming with the 1,000 affiliated football clubs across NSW now able to apply for funding for much needed club improvements,” Mr Ayres said.
“The booming popularity of football is already bringing communities together, and now players across the state will directly benefit from the success of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
“This is more than a regional investment program, it joins the dots between major sporting event success and the NSW Government delivering sporting infrastructure which meets the needs of local clubs.”
Football Federation Australia Chief Executive Officer David Gallop thanked the NSW Government for investing in football.
“FFA’s objective from hosting the AFC Asian Cup was to deliver a world class event that celebrated Asia’s rich football heritage and left an enduring legacy for our great game – this announcement cements that legacy.
It’s fantastic that the NSW Government has committed their share of the surplus to improving grassroots football facilities across the state”.
Football NSW Chief Executive Eddie Moore and Northern NSW Football Chief Executive David Eland were also pleased by the NSW Governments decision to support football in the state.
“The decision to allocate profits from the competition to community football will no doubt improve the overall football experience for the 765,000 football participants in NSW,” Football NSW Chief Executive Eddie Moore said.
“The availability of these grants will have a massive impact on football clubs, associations and zones across the state, from Albury to Tweed Heads,” Mr Moore said.
Northern NSW Football Chief Executive David encouraged clubs to study the guidelines and apply for grants which will have positive outcomes for local communities.
“Players, referees, coaches and administrators of all ages and abilities are set to benefit from the fund which will magnify the social, health, educational and cultural benefits our game brings to society.”
© 2016 Football Federation Australia | This article was written by FFA and first appeared on the Football Federation website on 16 August 2016