LOCAL SPORTS GRANTS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION

Tuesday, 05 September 2017

Local sports clubs across our region are being invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000, with Member for Bega Andrew Constance saying that there is an emphases this year on encouraging more girls and young women into sport programs.

“Around half of all Australian boys are active through a sports club during their childhood compared with just 33 per cent of girls, and the participation rate for girls drops sharply after girls turn 12,” Mr Constance said.

“I encourage all local clubs and sporting organisations to use this opportunity to boost their female programs and events, because we want to see girls not only take to the field, but stay on the field.

“Whilst women in sport is a focus, sports clubs locally have a great opportunity to apply and secure funds to assist in their day to day running for all participants.

“We have a large volume of clubs across our entire region that are eligible to apply for funding under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program and I encourage you all to get an application in.

“The grants will cover initiatives such as new sport programs, upgrades to facilities or projects that improve participation in sport, new uniforms, training equipment or maybe a new scoreboard,” said Mr Constance.

Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the program is part of a $10 million sport grants package announced by the NSW Government.

“Participation in sport is a great way to assist in our general health and well being, and with women’s sport the fastest growing area of many codes we are now seeing more big name sponsors and media networks recognising the public’s appetite for prime time viewing,  but more needs to be done, including cultivating participation at a grass roots level,” Mr Ayres said

“From the bush to the city, sport is the lifeblood that unites communities. This is not just about female programs though, I encourage all sporting groups to apply for grants that will help people of all ages and abilities get involved in their local club or become more active.”

Grants are now open until 6 October 2017. For more information visit www.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants or phone 13 13 02.