MEDIA RELEASE - Local Sport Grant Recipients Announced

Maitland MPJenny Aitchison is delighted to announce that 18 grants totalling $86,417 have been awarded to Maitland sporting organisations through the 2019-20 Local Sport Grant Program.

The NSW Local Sport Grants Program supports community organisations that facilitate involvement in sport and active recreation.

“Sport is such an important part of our Maitland community,” Ms Aitchison said. “It contributes in so many ways – to our health, our social wellbeing, the liveability of our city, and even the economy.”

The 2019-2020 round of Local Sport Grant funding was specifically targeted to enhance opportunities for women and girls, improve overall opportunities for participation, and provide extra support for communities affected by drought.

Ms Aitchison said that Maitland had been deemed Drought Affected – Zone 1, which meant it was eligible for up to $85,000, rather than the normally allocated amount of $50,000 per electorate each year. In addition, more funding became available when other Zone 1 electorates were not fully subscribed for their allocation, so their excess funds were redistributed.

“It’s a fantastic outcome for Maitland,” Ms Aitchison said. “The drought has made life tough for many in our community, and for some clubs it may have impacted their ability to raise funds. I look forward to seeing how these grants improve participation and enjoyment in sport right across our community. I’m also thrilled to see some of our hard-working sporting groups recognised and rewarded with successful applications.”

The money headed for Maitland’s sporting clubs will be spent in a plethora of ways, including to purchase training equipment, install spectator seating, purchase game equipment, provide referee, coaching, umpiring and first-aid training, pay for uniforms and subsidise junior player registrations.

The successful Maitland applicants are:

North United Wolves Soccer Club Inc,

Lochinvar Rovers Football Club Inc,

Thornton Junior Football Club Inc,

Hunter Valley Football Referees Association,

Lorn Park Bowls Sports & Recreation Club Ltd,

Endeavour Rowing Club Inc,

East Maitland Athletic and Little Athletics Centre Inc,

Metford Cobras Football Club, Maitland Basketball Association Inc,

Western Suburbs Rugby Football Club Maitland Inc,

Maitland Touch Association Inc,

Maitland Meteors Softball Club Inc,

Maitland Senior and Little Athletics Club Inc, and

Maitland Pickers Rugby League Club Inc.