Sports clubs can now benefit from new uniforms and footwear thanks to the Brumby Labor Government’s Our Club, Our Future Sporting Uniform Grants Program 2009-10.
Member for Northern Victoria Region, Candy Broad said the $1.65 million program aimed to ensure clubs are properly equipped to compete in their local leagues.
“Victoria boasts a strong tradition of involvement in grassroots sports, with clubs contributing greatly to the identity of many of our towns and communities,” Ms Broad said.
“There is a great sense of pride in pulling on the team colours and representing your town or club, but there are many community sports clubs which lack the resources to properly equip their squads and members.
“Priority has been given to clubs, organisations and communities from disadvantaged areas and those benefiting underrepresented groups. Many types of sports have been funded such as soccer, equestrian, baseball, bowls, golf, netball, football and cricket.
“Now clubs can get a cash boost to help their players put on the club colours and help create a sense of team unity and pride,” Ms Broad said.
The funding will provide up to $1,000 to 508 clubs in Victoria to purchase uniform clothing and footwear which are essential for playing sport.
The grants will fund:
- St Arnaud Netball Club which will receive $1,000 to purchase netball dresses for junior players
- St Arnaud Little Athletics Centre which will receive $1,000 to purchase sports jackets and broad-brimmed hats.
- Rupanyup Tennis Club which will receive $1,000 to purchase uniform shirts and hats.
- Rupanyup Bowls Club which will receive $1,000 to purchase club uniforms.
- Lubeck - Murtoa Cricket Club which will receive $1,000 to purchase new cricket shirts.
- Minyip Murtoa Football and Netball Club which will receive $1,000 to purchase new uniforms.
The Minister for Sport, Recreation and Youth Affairs, James Merlino, said the program would not only benefit disadvantaged clubs, but will encourage further participation in sport at the grassroots level.
“These grants will provide added incentive for people of all ages and abilities to be part of a team, enabling even the smallest of clubs to look the part while competing and training,” Mr Merlino said.
“We want Victorians to remain physically active and involved, which is what our ‘Go for your life’ campaign is all about – getting more Victorians off the couch and more involved in their own community.”
The third round of funding is still available for application, 21 June – 30 July 2010.
During these dates, applications will be open online at www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au
Applicants can contact the Grants Information Line on 1300 366 356 for guidelines and assistance.