Sporting organisations in Bathurst have shared in $4.6 million of grants to purchase equipment, improve facilities and increase participation opportunities.

NSW Nationals Deputy Leader and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the grants would assist local sporting organisations as COVID-19 restrictions slowly ease, with Bathurst District Football being one of the worthy recipients.

“Soccer is a vital part of the fabric of the Bathurst’s sporting community,” Mr Toole said.

“These grants will provide essential funds to help our organisations increase participation as we slowly ease restrictions and will benefit our community in the long run.

“As players return to Police Paddock to train, we’ll see light upgrades occurring to replace a number of halogen lights that service the training fields.”

Mr Toole said $15,000 funding from the Sports Grants Program will see LED lights replace old halogen systems on a number of light poles at Police Paddock.

“The new technology will see efficiencies in power use and brighter, better illuminated fields,” he said.

“People in the bush love sport and this money will be a massive boost for regional sporting organisations, which not only help our communities stay active and healthy but also perform a vital role keeping people connected.

“We are all looking forward to seeing community sport return, so this money will provide vital funds to help organisations be ready to resume as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.”

For further information visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/localsport.