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Barossa Sport Gets Big Win

A new landmark partnership between The Barossa Council, South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) has brought plenty of excitement for local grassroot clubs and tourism in the Barossa region.

The new agreement is to support the development and financing of new grassroots facilities for local Barossa clubs and aim to attract national and even statewide competitions.

The SANFL and SACA will help to bring cricket and football matches to the region, and Cricket Australia will also support the delivery of facilities and national cricket championships to the region.

Mayor Bob Sloane was joined by Australian Men’s Cricket Player and Adelaide Striker Travis Head to announce the agreement.

“Our goal is to deliver facilities across the Barossa region that will actively drive, and increase, participation from a grassroots level to higher competitive grades across cricket and AFL codes, within the next three to 10 years,” he said.

“Attracting such events would not only see an increase in participation levels in the Barossa, but also an increase in visitation, delivering significant benefits to the local economy including businesses, sporting clubs and tourism operators. This outcome is also a major objective of Council’s ‘The Big Project’.”

SACA CEO Keith Bradshaw is also looking forward to the partnership “by collaborating over the long term with our trusted partners in the Barossa Council and SANFL, we are building a strong legacy for the cricket in South Australia".

“We are excited by the opportunity to deliver high quality facilities and experiences for cricketers of all levels in the country".

SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson is keen for what this partnership could bring to the Barossa "SANFL is excited to partner with the Barossa Council and SACA to deliver facilities that foster healthy community outcomes, grow community cohesion and enable economic benefit through sports tourism".

The partnership will bring thousands of new visitors to the Barossa in an immediate and long term scale, building the region’s reputation as a regional sports event and tourism destination.

Image Source: The Barossa Council Website

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