The Andrews Labor Government is giving growing footy and netball clubs in country Victoria and outer metropolitan locations another chance to secure funding to upgrade grounds, courts and pavilions to welcome more members than ever before.
Labor Member for Northern Vitoria, Mark Gepp today encouraged local clubs to consider applying for the next round of the Country Football and Netball Program.
The program replaces and upgrades ageing facilities for football and netball clubs across rural, regional and outer metropolitan Victoria, so they can meet growing demand and welcome even more members.
It’s a funding partnership with AFL, AFL Victoria and Netball Victoria to help netball and football clubs across the state, because everybody deserves equal facilities, no matter where they live.
Grants of up to $100,000 go to projects such as ground resurfacing, installation of lighting, building modern and safer netball courts and new pavilions with accessible and female-friendly change rooms.
Labor launched the Country Football Netball Program in 2005, and since then it has invested more than $26.6 million to over 480 projects across the state.
The Labor Government has invested over $630 million in community sport and recreation facilities across Victoria since 2014.
Better sport and recreation facilities make it easier for players, coaches, umpires and supporters of all abilities to get involved in local sport and lead healthy and active lifestyles.
Clubs in regional Victoria and outer metropolitan areas of Melbourne are eligible to apply. Applications are now open and close on 3 June 2019. For more information or to apply online, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“Regional clubs including those in Northern Victoria region are a breeding ground for our next generation of sporting champions. They deserve modern and safe facilities they can be proud of.”
“Better facilities allow clubs to take on more players, host more events and draw bigger crowds, creating a real buzz in the community and boosting local economies.”
“I urge football and netball clubs in Northern Victoria to talk to their local councils to kick start projects that can make a real difference in people’s lives.”