Junior sport at the One Mile Ovals will benefit from a state government grant to upgrade lighting facilities. Matthew Hurrel, above, is one of many junior cricketers who will enjoy the new facilities.
Junior sport at the One Mile Ovals will benefit from a state government grant to upgrade lighting facilities. Matthew Hurrel, above, is one of many junior cricketers who will enjoy the new facilities. Codey Warhurst

Funds shines light on One Mile

A PARTNERSHIP between Football Gympie and the Gympie Cricket Association is helping to make the One Mile Ovals a premier sporting facility within the Wide Bay.

Football Gympie discovered Tuesday it had received a $24,384 funding grant from the state government’s Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Program to upgrade lighting at the One Mile Ovals.

The application for the grant was lodged by Football Gympie and supported by the Gympie Cricket Association.

Gympie Junior Cricket president Trevor Mahaffey welcomed news of the grant.

“We supported Football Gympie’s application for the grant and it’s great to hear it has been successful,” he said.

“Gympie cricket works closely with Football Gympie to make the One Mile Ovals the best sporting facility it can be and this money helps us achieve that vision.”

Mahaffey said the additional lighting would enable another field to be used at night, providing a terrific boost to cricket in Gympie with a new season approaching.

“It means we can offer more to our players,” he said.

A separate competition on Friday evenings, including Twenty20 matches for junior and senior players, is planned.

“There’s a different atmosphere playing at night and it will be great to take advantage of this and help players get the most out of the game,” Mahaffey said.

Gympie Times


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