Funds boost for local teams

22 Jun 2016 Cobram Courier, Cobram VIC (General News) Two local sporting teams have been awarded grants as part of $150 000 in Labor Government funding to improve their operations, expand the skill sets of players and coaches and provide uniforms and equipment. Cobram Roar Football Club has received $2000 which will be used for the Coach the Coaches program, while Katunga Football Netball Club was given $1000 to purchase new equipment. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said that in all, 113 clubs in Northern Victoria had secured grants under the governments Sporting Club Grants Program. A total of $148 445 was provided to clubs and associations in northern Victoria including AFL, netball, soccer, golf, yacht, lawn tennis, croquet, baseball, softball, lawn bowls, rowing, pony, swim, gun, triathlon, cricket and hockey clubs, Ms Symes said. I am very proud Labor has delivered for the 113 clubs within my electorate, the largest number of sporting clubs in any electorate to receive funding. I congratulate each and every club on the funding and encourage other clubs and state sporting associations in my electorate to make the most of these new grants when applications open for the next round later this year, Ms Symes said. Sport is such a big part of our country lifestyle, with local sports and club facilities bringing together people of all walks of life to nurture the next generation of homegrown heroes. The Sporting Club Grants Program gives clubs the chance to secure grants of up to $5000 to bolster operations and increase community participation, and $2000 to expand the skill sets of coaches or officials, for training such as first aid courses or umpires accreditation programs. Grants of up to $1000 are also available for clubs to buy new team uniforms or equipment. The program is part of the governments work to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable volunteer opportunities. Applications for the next round of the fouryear fund opened on June 14. For more information or to apply online, visit Licensed by Copyright Agency. You may only copy or communicate this work with a licence.