Scoring goals for women’s sport
Women’s sport is booming around the country. With record crowds smashing all expectations in women’s AFL, netball launching its new Super League and women’s soccer, rugby league and union all continuing to grow, the NSW Government is getting behind women’s sport.
$10 million has been committed to encourage girls to start playing – and stay playing – their favourite sport.
$10 million in grant funds are newly available to sporting clubs around the country as of the Nationals and Liberals launching the Local Sports Program and Sports Development Programs. Both initiatives aim to get kids into sports, specifically girls between the ages of five and eight, who participate in organized sport at 8 per cent less than boys.
Nationals Member for Bathurst Paul Toole – himself the father of young girls – said the grants were fantastic news for many budding athletes and sports women across the Bathurst electorate and NSW.
“We know our younger athletes are more likely to continue sport if it is taken up at an early age, which makes this the perfect time for local sports groups to boost their female sports programs,” he said.
“Women’s sport is the fastest growing area of many codes and we are now seeing more big name sponsors and media networks recognising the public’s appetite for prime time viewing, but more needs to be done, including cultivating participation at a grass roots level.”
Funding amounts are available up to $20,000 or $50,000 depending on the grant stream. The grants will cover initiatives such as new sports programs, community and national events, facility upgrades or projects that improve participation in sport.
“From the bush to the city, sport is the lifeblood that unites communities. This is not just about female programs though, I encourage all sporting groups to apply for grants that will help people of all ages and abilities get involved in their local club or become more active.”
Grants are open until 6 October 2017. For more information visit www.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants or phone 13 13 02.