Local football clubs and players in Manly are set for a funding boost with the opening of the NSW Government’s Football Legacy Fund applications.

Member for Manly James Griffin said the NSW Football Legacy Fund will strengthen the local community and secure a brighter future for clubs and associations across NSW.

“The Football Legacy Fund will help increase football participation in Manly through the construction or upgrade of community facilities, new or enhanced programs, and leadership and development programs,” Mr Griffin said.

“I encourage all clubs and associations in Manly to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity and apply today.”

The program, delivered in partnership with Football NSW and Northern NSW Football, will focus on inclusive projects that encourage the participation of females and people with disability.

Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the legacy of NSW hosting matches for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will live on long after the tournament ends.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will bring the best players from across the globe to NSW as they compete for the prestigious title of world champions and the NSW Government wants to ensure they leave a positive legacy for our next generation of football stars,” Mr Henskens said.

“The Football Legacy Fund will ensure the entire NSW football family benefits from the state hosting World Cup matches, from grassroots through to elite-level competition.”

Round 1 has two streams available; Infrastructure, with up to $2.5 million available for the upgrade or construction of new community facilities; and Participation, with up to $650,000 available for programs that support increased football participation and leadership development.

To apply, find out more at https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants/nsw-football-legacy-fund.