Helping Ballarat Sports Clubs Grow

28 November 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is giving grassroots sports clubs in Ballarat the help they need to put local communities first and attract more members than ever before.

Minister for Sport John Eren today announced nine clubs in Western Victoria would share in nearly $13,000 as part of the latest round of the Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program.

Grassroots sports clubs are at the heart of Victorian communities. They keep families connected, kids happy and healthy and communities safe. Our Sporting Club Grants Program is helping these important institutions grow.

Grants will cover the costs of new equipment like bats or balls, modern uniforms that give everyone a great sense of pride, or development programs that boost the skillset of players, coaches or officials.

Victoria is the sporting state, and it starts at the grassroots. Our $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping clubs all over Victoria update tired grounds and build the facilities they need.

The Labor Government has established a Better Indoor Stadiums Fund, to build stadiums for popular sports like basketball and netball where they’re needed most, and we’ve boosted the Country Football Netball Program to help regional and rural clubs thrive.

A list of successful clubs can be found on the next page.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“Grassroots clubs are at the heart of Ballarat. They’re where people of all walks of life get together and embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.”

“The best equipment and the best uniforms attract more locals to grassroots clubs, and that makes for a healthier and happier state.”

Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“More Ballarat people of all ages and abilities are playing sport than ever before. Our clubs do a great job of inspiring more locals to get out on the field and give it their all, and we’re helping them grow.”

Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“Ballarat athletes deserve the best facilities and the best equipment. That’s what we’re delivering, so that we can change people’s lives for the better.”

Successful clubs include:

  • Ballarat Basketball Association - $1000 for uniforms for wheelchair basketball players
  • Ballarat District Golf - $1000 for uniforms
  • Ballarat Red Devils - $987 for footballs
  • Ballarat Sebastopol Cycling - $1000 for bikes
  • Bobcats Hockey Club - $2650 for uniforms and coaching accreditation
  • Buninyong Soccer Club - $1000 for uniforms for a new girls’ team
  • Mount Xavier Golf and Bowls Club - $1000 for bowls
  • Wendouree Cricket Club - $3000 for portable shade and coaching accreditation
  • Wildcats Basketball Club - $1000 for uniforms.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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