Cricket just got a whole lot more comfortable at Barwon Heads, with the construction of a new shade structure for spectators and players at Barwon Heads Village Park.

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today formally opened the shelter, an election promise made possible thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government.

Previously spectators and players had to brave the elements, which were often extreme in the exposed location.

“The new shade structure will encourage more locals to head down to Village Park and enjoy some cricket.” Ms Neville said.

Barwon Heads Cricket Club has been going from strength to strength in recent years with 11 teams, a junior development program, and growth in female participation.

The new shade structure will encourage more spectators and players to enjoy the sport.

It’s not just cricket fans who will benefit, with the local soccer and junior football clubs using the park.

Ms Neville congratulated the clubs President Paul Summers, the executive committee and members for their efforts and wish them well for the remaining of the season and for many seasons to come and acknowledged Barwon Heads Cricket Club for its financial contribution to the project.

The Labor Government’s $120 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is upgrading grounds and venues across Victoria so clubs like Barwon Heads Cricket Club can cater for growing demand and build the facilities they deserve.