Funds For Community Sport

51st Project heading down the bay on the homeward bound leg of the race. Photo: Marian Sampson.


COMMUNITY sport is back after yet another COVID-19 hiatus.

It takes many shapes and forms from surfing, swimming and sailing to hockey, cricket and croquet with a host of options all designed to keep us fit, engaged and active.

The sport and recreation sector has scored a $25 million funding boost as part of the COVID 19 Economic Recovery Strategy, to support the return of community sport as restrictions ease.

The NSW Government’s Sport and Recreation Recovery and Community Rebuild Package will provide financial support, assistance and participation opportunities, particularly in areas hardest hit by the COVID lockdown.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the package would help the sector bounce back after disruption to competitions and activities.

“The COVID lockdown has had a major impact on everyone’s lives, including the more than 30,000 employees and 415,000 volunteers across more than 10,000 sporting clubs and associations throughout the State,” Mr Perrottet said.

Treasurer Matt Kean said it was critical sporting organisations who have faced tough financial times get the help they need to not just keep going but flourish into the future.

“This package will ensure sporting organisations and their staff stay in the game and participants can return to training and competition immediately,” Mr Kean said.

“I am determined to ensure that all sectors of our economy, including grassroots sporting organisations, bounce back better after the pandemic.”

Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said COVID restrictions meant millions of sports lovers in NSW had been unable to take part in their community competitions.

“Thanks to our vaccination rates, we’re welcoming back community sport and I’m delighted to see people back out doing what they love,” Mrs Ward said.

The Sport and Recreation Recovery and Community Rebuild Package includes up to $12.5 million for grants of up to $1,000 to eligible clubs and associations.

There is a further $7.8 million up for grabs to support sporting organisations and peak bodies with $3.1 million to support participation initiatives focused on areas most affected by restrictions, including south-western Sydney and regional NSW.

Another aspect of sport is eligible for grants with $1 million in grants available to support marketing and promotional activities for outdoor and active recreation providers; and $600,000 to support regional talent pathways in the lead up to the Brisbane 2032 Olympics.

Organisations are encouraged to apply for the grants.

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Members Of Port Stephens Yacht Club enjoying Saturday Racing which is about to return to the Bay. Photo: Marian Sampson.

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