The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the federal government to add drainage and re turf the main pitch at the Pine Avenue playing fields.
The federal minister for sport senator Bridget McKenzie visited the ground last Monday to make the announcement.
‘We want to get this going as soon as possible; the funding is ready to roll. At the latest it will be ready for next season,’ she said.
The extensive upgrade of field one will include drainage, levelling and new grass, the MBVFC’s Sharon Scriven said.
‘This is a great win for our community and club,’ she said.
The field becomes sodden and unplayable in the wet periods of the year and in dry spells become hard and the uneven divets can be dangerous when players are moving at speed.
The benefits of the funding will flow beyond football players the minister said.
‘We want to use local subcontractors as much as possible, we know the value of government spending in local communities,’ she said.
‘It’s a part of understanding the role of sporting clubs in local commuities. There is the direct health benefits of being active, but there are also the benefits for mental health and of social connectedness.
‘You can’t under estimate the value of sporting clubs to the wider community, ‘ Bridget said.
The MBVFC has 360 signed on members but this doesn’t include all the families and friends these members bring to the sport.
‘The club has a strong emphasis on increasing female participation and we run many programs, so the field will get used outside the regular season as well,’ Sharon said.