As we spent the traditional winter sport sign-on period in lockdown, many clubs have felt the financial pinch of no incoming support and many sportspeople have felt the physical pinch of not being as active as they normally would.
As a remedy for the sports club slump, Member for Ballina Tamara Smith MP, today announced $77.5k in funding for 17 clubs in the Ballina Electorate through the Local Sports Grant Program.
‘I am thrilled to announce this funding for local sporting associations in our area,’ said Ms Smith
‘While we all acknowledge that the health of our community has been the top priority over the past few months it is fair to say that not being able to play team sports has been hard, particularly for young people, and it’s been hard on the volunteers who keep those sporting clubs going.
Parents are emerging from isolation with a new appreciation and love for our community sporting clubs and organisations
‘Parents are emerging from isolation with a new appreciation and love for our community sporting clubs and organisations. As well as the all-important physical activity that these clubs encourage, they also provide many important social connections,’
Ms Smith says she is particularly pleased to support Byron Bay Football club’s project to increase the participation of girls in sport through the Girls Miniroos Football Carnival.
The Ballina Netball Association Umpires will now be able to undertake important training, development and mentoring through Netball NSW.
‘This funding will also support the Alstonville Amateur Swimming club to participate in regional and higher-level meets.’
This year’s program has been established to: target opportunities specifically for women and girls; overall participation opportunities, and; support local communities affected by drought.