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News: Ontario govt gives $1 mil to cricket….

A very interesting piece of news from a very unlikely associate country……

$1mil is a lot of money…… and this is not for Canada, its only for Ontario ! Now lets get 20K kids playing cricket in Ontario. That will start off the process for more $1mil grants in the future.

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  1. Bruce Gaskell
    August 10, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    Great News. Any links/further info? Have the recent rash of 2nd tier ODIs encouraged this move? If so then they were well worth it.

  2. August 10, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    Bruce, you can get info on http://www.canadiancricket.org…….. the story is on their main page at the momment…….

    I dont think it had anything to do with their recent ODIs……. maybe the intercontinental cup vicotry…….. thats far fetched though…… maybe world cup qualification…….. or maybe just the fact that they would like to support the immigrant communities, and also maybe the governor was a fan ……..

    Remember that Canada has 9% south asian immigrants……. thats a significant amount in percentage terms…….

    The question will be what the Canada Cricket association does with this kind of money……. perhaps they can start off with compensating the two national team players who were working nights to get the 2 days off from work for the intercontinental cup game.

  3. Bruce Gaskell
    August 10, 2006 at 2:53 pm

    I presume $1million Canadian, not $US, but that’s still a lot for one Province. A lot of kits, a lot of coaching sessions…

    Canada has always been very politically correct with minorities, good to see they are getting the English game in through the back door! (sorry if that makes me sound like an idiot, couldn’t resist)

  4. Ram
    August 10, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    Canada showing interest in cricket?….Interesting, given that hardly anyone outside of the expats plays the game there…I think irrespective of the currency $1 million is a lot of money for Canadian cricket, leave alone Ontario….As you say, it would be interesting to see how the CCA decides to utilize this money..What the CCA needs now is a person of the stature and vision of Eddie Norfolk…

  5. August 10, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    Get 20K kids to play cricket in Ontario……. The numbers and everything else will boom up and they may even get a federal govt grant after that……..

    I do not think as yet that they should be spending money on HPP…… their basics are a little weak……. fix those first, now that they have the money as well…..

  6. August 10, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    I just hope the money goes to the right places. I’ve heard of great sums of money for Canadian cricket being siphoned off to corupt administrators, and of kit donated for kids taken by adults.

    You need the right people in place to improve a game like cricket in a country like Canada, less so the money.

  7. August 11, 2006 at 1:44 pm

    Angus…… I think if they did such a big event, and got so much money….. they will probably have to do something with it and show an audited account of the money…….. there were nearly 400 people in the event when the money was donated, so I think people are likely to ask questions if the money is not used……..

    Canada has now been given a golden golden oppurtunity to break out of the immigrant tag for the sport……… get about 20K kids involved in the game in Ontario, and that would probably get sponsors and even the city and state govts interested in sponsoring the event in the future…….. this money came from out of the blue, but it can be used to jumpstart a process that will make them eligible for more and more money later on…..

    key thing is….. playing numbers…… and I am assuming that if they spread the net to 20K kids, there is no way that ALL of them are going to be minorities……. they can probably end up getting 5K mainstream kids too, and that should be very good for the future of the game there……

  8. August 21, 2006 at 10:26 am

    According to CanadaCricket.com:

    The Govt. of Ontario grant of $1,000,000 has been allocated as follows:

    (a) $250,000 for the refurbishing of the Maple Leaf Cricket Club at King City.

    This facility is owned by the cricketers of Toronto. The hope is that it can be brought up to international standards. An official from the International Cricket Council inspected the extensively renovated venue on August 18 to determine whether it can be certified as an official venue for one day internationals. We await his verdict.

    (b) $500,000 stashed away in a 5-year non- redeemable GIC providing interest of about $23,000 annually to fund our programs;

    (c) $250,000 for the OCA’s 5-year development program focusing on club cricket which includes: Player-of-the-Month cash Awards for each of OCA’s five leagues; assistance to women’s and university cricket; inauguration of an Ontario Junior Championships; inauguration of an Ontario-wide Club Champions tournament; youth summer camp; enhanced OCA Senior Championships; improved infrastructure across the province (eg. sightscreens, slipcatchers, bowling machines etc); incentives for club coaches and scorers, scorers seminars, Under-30 tours.


    I think the approach is fairly defensive…….. I would have stashed only $250K, while using the remaining $250K to increase the number of kids of ages 8-12 who plays cricket…… at least taking that number upto 20K in Ontario……… it would have made a huge difference for next time when they went to get the grant……..

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