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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP

FUNDING TO GET LOCAL SPORT BACK IN THE GAME

Upper Hunter electorate sports clubs have received funding for new equipment, programs and facilities to get more people involved in sport following the awarding of grants under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program.


Over 800 sporting organisations across the state will share in $3.9 million funding through the 2021-22 program.


In the Upper Hunter electorate, 14 local sports clubs receive a share of $50,000 funding for projects which include:

· A seating upgrade for Singleton United Rugby League Football Club;

· Denman Junior Cricket Association has funding for a turf roller;

· Muswellbrook Pistol Club will purchase a zero turn mower;

· Coaching accreditation can be undertaken by Scone Triathlon Club’s female coaches;

· Quirindi Polo Carnival Club plans to increase and encourage on-going participation in the Country Polo Carnival;

· Gloucester District Tennis Association has financial support for the 2022 Gloucester Seniors Tournament; and,

· Avon Valley Field Archers will host an Inter Club and Adaptive Archery Competition.


Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell said the grants would help sporting clubs from Quirindi to Gloucester and through the Hunter Valley to get more people involved in sport.


“Sport is a way of life in the many of these communities,” Mr Layzell said.


“These grants provide essential funds to our local clubs for programs, equipment and facilities that will enable more people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport.”


Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said bringing communities together through sport provided many social, heath and economic benefits.


“Getting together with teammates on a weekend or mid-week to play sport is so important for our physical and mental health,” Mr Ayres said.


“Projects funded by the Local Sport Grant Program will play a vital role in bringing communities together and give people the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of sport.


“With community sporting competitions returning to normal following two pandemic-affected seasons, these grants will support both people returning to sport and those participating for the first time.”


Grants up to $20,000 were available under the Program with up to $50,000 available in each electorate.


For further information on the Local Sport Grants Program and the full list of grant recipients, visit: https://www.sport.nsw.gov.au/grants/local-sport-grant-program


PHOTO CAPTION: Dave Layzell MP inspecting the Muswellbrook Pistol Club with members Craig Bates, Peter Risby, Wendy Paul, Wayne Turner, Ian Hunt, John Leman and Denis O’Keefe.


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