Clubs building for the future

Clubs across our region, like Woori Yallock, are eligible for major funding grants of up to $150,000. 235194 Picture: ROB CAREW

Football and netball clubs from across our region are eligible for major funding that could provide valuable assistance for both minor and major projects on the drawing board.

Victoria’s Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence announced last week that applications for the $5 million 2021-22 Country Football and Netball Program are now open, with funding available to upgrade and develop facilities for football and netball clubs around the state.

The partnership with Netball Victoria, the AFL, and AFL Victoria was established in 2005 to help netball and football clubs across the state, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live.

Grants of up to $150,000 are available to deliver projects such as redeveloping and building new ovals and netball courts, installing sports lighting, and building new and redeveloped pavilions.

There will be a focus on supporting communities that have been affected by a natural disaster and those that are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage, strong population growth or other economic challenges.

Since its establishment, the program has invested more than $30 million into more than 500 football and netball projects across the state. Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players of all abilities, coaches, umpires and supporters to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles.

Applications for funding from local councils close on Thursday, 22 June 2021, with a second round to open in September this year.

Head of AFL Victoria Brad Scott said local communities are often built around their local sporting clubs.

“Country football and netball clubs bring people together and are often the cornerstone of towns and communities,” Scott said.

“This program will allow a large number of Victorians to benefit from upgraded facilities at their local clubs, which is fantastic for communities across the state.”

His thoughts were echoed by Netball Victoria Chief Executive Officer Rosie King.

“Providing clubs with the opportunity to score new lights and shelters, safe courts and other facilities will make a real difference and hopefully inspire even more locals back to the court,” King said.

For more information and to apply, clubs can visit sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding.