Football Empowerment, Rockbank Football Sporting Club, Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Melton and Cairnlea FC Sports Club Inc. are among 512 grassroots sports clubs across the state sharing $815,000 in grants to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise.
Member for Kororoit, Marlene Kairouz today announced the four clubs that had successfully applied for funding in the first round of the Andrews Government’s 2018-19 Sporting Club Grants Program.
The grants provide clubs up to $1000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $2000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5000 to improve operational effectiveness.
The grants include 18 to specifically boost Aboriginal participation in sport with funding for uniforms, equipment, skill development as well as travel for athletes, coaches, officials or teams that are required to travel to train or compete – whether it’s their local competition or an interstate Aboriginal sporting festival.
In Kororoit Football Empowerment will use its $5,000 grant to develop a strategic plan which seeks to address organisational operations, sustainability and capacity, community participation strategies, training and development.
Rockbank Football Sporting Club will use its $5,000 grant to establish a business plan to guide the club through upcoming periods of rapid growth and ensure they foster and meet community and stakeholder engagement and needs. It will allow the club to put themselves in the best position to grow and maximise participation particularly in low participation groups and operate as effectively, efficiently and sustainably as possible.
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Melton was awarded two grants. It will use the $980 grant to run an indigenous group program for Under 18 girls (8 recipients) and cover most of their first-year costs: registration, sessions, equipment and uniform for 12 months to encourage participation. Noting that only equipment and uniforms will be funded by this grant.
The $1,000 grant is for the purchase of essential for participation long lasting riding helmets. They are needed for the protection of riders and are mandatory riding items thus essential for participation and safety.
Cairnlea FC Sports Club Inc. will use its $1,978 grant to develop and improve the skills of every single member of the committee/sport administration by purchasing and undertaking the TDS community sports club solutions program which will maximise the potential of the club to ultimately increase participation in active sport particularly in low participation groups.
The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities.
Since coming to office, including this latest round of funding, the Andrews Government has provided more than 3,200 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $4.4 million.
We’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport, John Eren
“Grassroots sports clubs are the heart and soul of local communities bringing people together and creating healthier, happier, and more united communities, and they’re the launching pad of our next generation of champions.”
“The Andrews Government is working hard to encourage and enable all Victorians to embrace a more active and healthy lifestyle.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Kororoit, Marlene Kairouz
“The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs in Kororoit the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love.”