BACK HOME: Melbourne Stars bowler Holly Ferling passes on tips to Kingaroy State High School students to launch the Grassroots Cricket Fund.
BACK HOME: Melbourne Stars bowler Holly Ferling passes on tips to Kingaroy State High School students to launch the Grassroots Cricket Fund. Cricket Australia

Former Kingaroy cricketer goes back to grassroots

PROFESSIONAL cricket players like Kingaroy's former junior cricketer Holly Ferling are giving back to the game they love.

The Grassroots Cricket Fund is now available for regional and rural clubs to apply for equipment grants of up to $2500.

Ferling, who now plays for the Melbourne Stars, launched her role as the fund ambassador with a film of her visiting junior players in her home town of Kingaroy.

"We all came from grassroots cricket, we know how important it is for kids to throw a ball, catch, bowl and hit a cricket ball," she said.

The $30 million fund is a joint initiative between professional players, the Australian Cricketers' Association and Cricket Australia.

"We're all united in this great cause of trying to make cricket accessible for all Australians, it's money from us that we want to give back to the game," Ferling said.

"It's one small part of us trying to find a way to give back to the communities that have shaped the cricketers we are today."

Kingaroy Junior Cricket Club president Cameron Watson said the club was looking at putting an application in.

He said his club would be in with a good chance since the first round was targeted at clubs in drought-affected regional and rural areas.

"It's a fantastic initiative for Cricket Australia and a good chance for regional clubs, especially drought-affected clubs," he said.

The fund helps put money back into the communities, with up to $2500 available for each eligible club.

Watson said it was great to see Ferling encourage the junior cricketers.

"I think Holly's a fantastic role model for young females, and boys too," he said.

Ferling is one of many notable South Burnett cricketers including Courtney Sippel and Matthew Hayden.

"The South Burnett, as far as cricket goes, punches far above their weight," Watson said.

"Who knows who could be next."

The junior cricketers may be inspired by these professional players, but the club focusses on making the team sport fun.

"Most importantly, we want the kids to enjoy cricket," he said.

"It teaches people to grow as part of the team, gives younger kids opportunities to make more friends and build up their fitness."

Junior clubs can find out more information about the Grassroots Cricket Fund online at My Cricket Community.

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