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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

HELPING BENDIGO WEST GRASSROOTS SPORTS CLUBS GROW

The Andrews Labor Government is giving grassroots sports clubs in Bendigo West the support they need to grow and help more people than ever play the sports they love.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP today announced 2 clubs would share in over $526,000 from the second round of the Sporting Club Grants Program.

Grassroots sports clubs are the heart and soul of our community. They bring people together and create happier, healthier and safer communities, while also nurturing the next generation of elite champions.

Our Sporting Club Grants Program is removing barriers and supporting more people of all ages and abilities to participate in grassroots sports and realise their sporting dreams.

The clubs will receive grants for new modern uniforms and equipment, which is especially important for the record number of women and girls signing up to play.

In addition, grants are provided to expand the skills of coaches and officials and initiatives that strengthen the operations and sustainability of sporting clubs thrive into the future.

Successful clubs winning grants:

  • Falcons Baseball Club
  • Marong Netball Club

The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of our commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities.

We are also delivering on the $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund that is upgrading tired grounds and ageing pavilions, and building female-friendly change rooms.

And last year’s state budget delivered $22 million for the Better Indoors Stadium Fund and a further $8 million to continue the popular Country Football Netball Program.

The next round of the Sporting Club Grants Program opens on 19 June 2017. For more information visit www.sport.vic.gov.au

 “Here in Bendigo, we are proud of our grassroots sports clubs and their efforts to make their sports more accessible and inclusive.”

“We’re strengthening them so they can open more doors for people from all walks of life to get active and play.”

“Everyone deserves the very best equipment. Clubs also need more team uniforms to grow their ranks. That is what we are delivering.”

“We are also training up coaches and club leaders so they can be the best they can be and help more people participate and reap the rewards of a healthy and active lifestyle.”

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