The Andrews Labor Government is giving grassroots sports clubs in Gippsland the help they need to put local communities first and attract more members than ever before.
Minister for Sport John Eren today announced 38 clubs in Eastern Victoria would share in nearly $64,000 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 Gippsland. 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.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
“More Gippslanders 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.”
“Gippsland 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:
- Boolarra Football Netball Club - $800 for new netball uniforms
- Chalkies Basketball Club - $550 for new netball uniforms
- Corner Inlet Boxing Club - $770 for new head guards and abdominal guards
- Drouin Basketball Club - $1000 for new uniforms
- Drouin Cricket Club - $1000 for new club shirts
- East Gippsland Hockey Association - $1000 for a new program to develop umpires
- Gippsland Fencing Club - $1000 for new fencing jackets, breaches and gloves
- Gladiators Basketball Club - $650 for new uniforms
- Leongatha Basketball Association - $1000 for new uniforms
- Lindepow Cricket Club - $1000 for new club shirts
- Maffra Bowls Recreation Inc - $1000 for smaller bowls to introduce students to the game
- Meerlieu Cricket Club - $1000 for new club shirts
- Monash Soccer Club - $1000 for new uniforms
- Morwell East Football Netball Club - $1000 for new football jumpers
- Morwell Junior Football Club - $1000 for new uniforms for a women’s team
- Neerim District Junior Football Club - $1000 for new drink bottles and footballs
- Orbost Basketball Association - $982 for new uniforms
- Paynesville Bowling Club - $1000 for a new bowlers’ arm to assist a member continue to bowl
- Poowong Tennis Club - $970 for polo shirts and caps for junior players
- Sale Maffra Cricket Association - $1000 for new uniforms
- Sale Tennis Club - $1000 for new tennis racquets and low compression tennis balls for juniors
- Stratford Bowling Club - $1000 for new uniforms
- Surf Lifesaving Lakes Entrance - $1000 for new uniforms
- Thorpdale Football Netball Club - $1000 for new uniforms
- Traralgon Little Athletics Club - $1000 for new stopwatches, shot puts and javelins
- Warragul Croquet Club - $1000 for new croquet playing balls
- Bairnsdale Soccer Club - $2000 for a AFC Level 1 coaching licence accreditation
- East Gippsland Biathlon Club - $2000 for development programs for coaches
- East Gippsland Hockey Association - $2000 for an umpire development program
- Leongatha Basketball Association - $2000 for a foundation coaching course
- Maffra Volleyball - $1208 for an umpires accreditation course
- Morwell Cricket Club - $860 for a representative coach’s course
- Phillip Island and District Basketball Association - $1768 for coaching accreditation
- Warragul and District Amateur Basketball Association - $1700 for volunteer coach development program
- Cowwarr Football Netball Club - $4800 for a strategic business plan
- Gippsland Regional Sports Academy - $5000 for a strategic plan
- Lindenow Football Netball Club - $5000 for a strategic plan
- Wonthaggi Life Saving Club - $5000 for a strategic plan
- Wonthaggi Pony Club Inc - $5000 for a business plan
Reviewed 19 August 2020