Government grants help revive sports clubs

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Altona City Soccer Club and Point Cook Cricket Club have been given a helping hand to get back on the pitch thanks to emergency grants from the state government.

The clubs have been selected for funding from the Emergency Sports Equipment Grant program, providing $ 2,000 to Altona City Soccer Club and $ 1,895 to Point Cook Cricket Club.

The grant from the Altona City Soccer Club will go towards new nets, wheels and crossbars on portable soccer goals.

The Point Cook Cricket Club grant will go towards the purchase of new cricket balls, stumps, sticks and a bowling alley for batting practice.

The Emergency Sports Equipment Grants program aims to help clubs resume operations after being affected by impacts such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Altona MP Jill Hennessy said she provides quick and convenient support to get clubs back up and running when needed.

“The impact of vandalism and theft on community clubs can be devastating – the hard work of securing and maintaining good quality club equipment and facilities can be undone by these kinds of circumstances, so we want to compensate that and help clubs recover. ,” she said.

“I am happy that these two great clubs are supported by this important initiative.”

Ms Hennessey said the Victorian government was working hard to give all Victorians the opportunity to play the sports they love and adopt a more active and healthy lifestyle in a COVIDSafe way.

“Our Sports Club Grants program has awarded more than 300 grants totaling $ 614,000 to clubs, leagues and associations and other community sports and active recreation organizations that have had to cancel scheduled events affected by the blockages. this year across the state. ”

The government has also allocated more than $ 39 million to clubs, leagues, state associations and other organizations in the community sport sector’s COVID-19 survival program and has invested more than $ 1.1 billion. dollars in community sports and recreation infrastructure since 2014.

For more information on Emergency Sports Equipment Grants, visit sport.vic.gov.au

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