Grassroots rugby league in Penrith will be strengthened by a $2 million commitment by the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government to construct a new clubhouse at Allsopp Oval in Cambridge Park, if re-elected.
Premier Dominic Perrottet said the investment is only possible because of the Liberal and Nationals long-term economic plan and would be a game changer for community sport in Penrith.
“Penrith is a sporting powerhouse, and this funding commitment will go a long way to boosting grassroots participation and developing local talent,” Mr Perrottet said.
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the NSW Liberal Government’s funding commitment for Allsopp Oval would go a long way to improving the venue for local rugby league.
“We know that greater access to more inclusive facilities will help keep young people active and playing sport in Penrith,” Mr Ayres said.
“Community sport runs off the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, so this investment from the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is an appreciation for all that these local heroes do.
“It’s exciting to think we might have the next Nathan Cleary or Simaima Taufa coming through our local club.”
Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said modern and fit-for-purpose facilities are critical for making sure local sport is accessible to people from all walks of life, including girls and women.
“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government has invested more than $2 billion in grassroots community sport infrastructure and programs since 2017, and with women’s sport going from strength to strength, this investment has had a particular impact on making facilities more female friendly,” Mr Henskens said.
Cambridge Park Junior Rugby League Club Nicole Brennan said new amenities would help accommodate for the growing number of players the club has but particularly their ever-increasing number of female players signing up to play.
“This investment will give our club the facilities we need to improve the experience of players, volunteers and supporters, plus having a fit-for-purpose female friendly building is a game changer for us,” Ms Brennan said.