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Sawtell Toormina AFL Club gets a kick out of recent grant

The Federal Government’s Community Volunteer Grants program has delivered Sawtell Toormina AFL Club a boost in the form of $4,650 for appliance upgrades and reimbursement of volunteer’s costs.

Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker visited Club President Alex Pearson and Football Operations Coordinator of AFL North Coast Paul Taylor at Richardson Park in Sawtell to hear how this grant would help the local club grow and expand.

“AFL has a strong following on the NSW North Coast and local clubs like the Sawtell Toormina Saints are experiencing growth in a few different ways,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The potential start of a senior women’s league in the region would be a welcome addition, following the success of this year’s professional Women’s AFL league, and this is just one way the club are anticipating future growth.

“Sport plays a significant role in our national identity so as our population grows, the number of people involved in sport will grow too.

“This grant will assist with the reimbursement of volunteers’ training costs, first aid and safety equipment, as well as purchasing whitegoods for the clubhouse. Making these purchases now will hopefully make any future growth easier to handle. 

“It’s been great to chat with Alex and Paul and hear their enthusiasm for growing their club and AFL throughout the region.”

For more information about the club’s activities and to connect with them on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/sawtellsaintsAFL/.

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