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Helping Geelong Sports Clubs Grow

17 November 2016

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

Minister for Sport John Eren today announced 29 clubs in Geelong would share in more than $50,000 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.

We’ve established a Better Indoor Stadiums Fund, to build stadiums for sports like basketball or 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.

Quote attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

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

Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“We love our sport in Geelong. Our clubs do a tremendous job for people of all backgrounds. We’re proud to support them.”

Quote attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

“Our athletes deserve the best facilities and the best equipment. That’s what we’re delivering."

Successful clubs include:

  • Bellarine Bears Baseball Club - $997 for new bats and balls
  • Belmont Croquet Club - $1000 for new quadway croquet hoops
  • Country Hockey Umpires - $1000 for cards and whistles for umpires, and first aid kits
  • Drysdale Cricket Club - $1000 for cricket balls
  • Drysdale Soccer Club - $1000 for new uniforms
  • FC Leopold - $972 for new equipment for the club, which is competing in 2017 for the first time
  • Fistball Federation of Australia - $1000 to replace damaged equipment
  • Football Federation Victoria - $1000 for goals for MINI ROOS teams
  • Geelong City Cricket Club - $1000 for coloured one-day uniforms
  • Geelong Eastern Park Bowling Club - $1000 for training bowls for a schools program
  • Grovedale Little Athletics Club - $1000 for new uniforms
  • Herne Hill Bowls Club - $1000 for portable shelters
  • Indented Head Yacht Club - $1000 for a junior sailing program promoting water safety
  • Lonsdale Golf Club - $1000 for pennant shirts for women’s team
  • Murgheboluc Cricket Club - $1000 for coloured one-day uniforms
  • Newcomb Power Football Club - $1000 for new jumpers for girls’ team
  • Norlane Bowling Club - $1000 for new uniforms
  • North Shore Recreation Club - $1000 for new uniforms
  • Try Boys Basketball Club - $1000 for new basketballs
  • Western Heights Uniting Tennis Club - $935 for a new program to encourage newcomer to play tennis
  • Barwon Junior Netball Association - $1925 for coaching accreditation programs
  • Corio Bay Rowing Club - $1980 for coaching accreditation programs
  • Geelong Archers Inc - $1300 for training programs compulsory to host “come and try” days
  • Geelong Mountain Bike Club - $2000 for a junior development program
  • Geelong Soccer and Sports Club - $2000 for coaching accreditation training
  • Hockey Bellarine - $800 for programs that increase the numbers of coaches at the club
  • Indented Head Yacht Club - $1440 for skills and safety training courses for volunteers
  • Newcomb Power Football Club - $1040 for first aid training
  • City of Geelong Bowls Club - $4660 for a new website
  • FC Leopold - $5000 for the club’s first ever website
  • Highton Bowls Club - $5000 for a strategic plan
  • Lara Swimming Club - $4445 to develop policy and procedures guidelines.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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