Labor Government Grants To Help Clubs And Athletes Grow

22 August 2015

Grassroots Victorian sports clubs and emerging athletes will have new ways to unlock their potential thanks to a new Andrews Labor Government grants program.

Minister for Sport John Eren inspected upgrade works at Carisbrook Recreation Reserve today, and announced applications are now open for the Sporting Club Grants Program and the Athlete Pathway Travel Grants Program.

Grassroots sports clubs connect our suburbs and towns. They’re where kids become leaders, and emerging athletes become stars.

The Labor Government is helping clubs to expand their skills and strengthen their operations, and is assisting athletes to become the best they can be.

The $4.6 million Sporting Club Grants Program gives clubs the chance to secure grants of up to $2000 to expand the skill sets of coaches or officials, for training like first aid courses or umpires’ accreditation programs. Grants of up to $1000 are also available for clubs to buy new team uniforms or equipment.

Athletes often need to travel long distances to competitions or training camps to further their careers, and the Government is helping them to remove the barrier of travel and accommodation costs.

Clubs can apply for grants of up to $750 to assist athletes, coaches or officials with travel expenses, while state sporting associations are eligible for $6000 grants to cover team travel, or $2000 grants for individuals.

The Government is getting on with delivering its commitment to making sport more readily available to all Victorians, regardless of their ability or where they live.

At Carisbrook, upgrades include the removal of the concrete cricket pitch and levelling out of the junior oval. Synthetic pitches will be installed, as well as additional outdoor seating and a community BBQ area. The Government has contributed $12,000 to the project.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Sport John Eren

“Our community sports clubs are at the heart of our communities, and we’re getting on with helping them to grow and improve.”

“Our athletes represent our state with great pride, and we need to help them become the best they can be.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is committed to making sport a part of the lives of all Victorians, regardless of their ability or where they live.”

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