New grant opens for a fair go in grassroots sports

Sports clubs are being encouraged to apply for the State Government’s new Grassroots Football, Cricket and Netball Facilities program, which opens today.

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard said the government was keen to get the first round open early and give SACA, SANFL and Netball SA time to work with applicants.

“We’re investing $10 million over the next two years on grassroots community sports clubs, with a focus on female and family-friendly infrastructure,” Minister Wingard said.

“As previously announced, the program will be supported by an extra $1 million of funding, each from SACA/Cricket Australia and the SANFL/AFL, with an option to extend it by another year to the tune of $5 million. The program is also supported by Netball SA.

“The Grassroots Football, Cricket, and Netball Facility Program will provide greater access to grassroots sports clubs to maximise participation opportunities for South Australians by developing more family-friendly facilities that meet AFL, Cricket Australia and Netball Australia national standards.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to driving up participation in sport and giving all players a fair go.

“One of the first things I did after coming into government was to survey the members of the Women in Sport Taskforce, State Associations and the general public.

“I did this to give women in sport a voice. We’re a government that wants to govern for all South Australians and give everyone a fair go.

“I was deeply disappointed to discover the Shadow Minister did not bother to complete the survey, despite being a member of the taskforce,” he said.

The survey revealed a strong need for a culture change, giving more opportunities to produce strong female leaders and coaches in sport, and fairness in game scheduling.

Minister Wingard said female athletes are among Australia’s strongest performers at the Commonwealth Games and Olympics, and the Marshall Government will do everything it can to make it easier for women to play and compete in sport.

“I am committed to completing a women in sport survey on an annual basis – the results of which will set the direction for the Marshall Government’s future investment in women’s sport,” Minister Wingard said.

 “As a government we are committed to:

  • investing in facilities that increase participation
  • changing club culture so that everyone, including women, girls and families feel welcome at our sport and community clubs and;
  • partnering with sports bodies and local government so that we can maximise investment in our community.

“Our government is serious about responding to the needs of the community and the annual women’s sport survey will lead to informed investment in sport in South Australia.”

Applications for the first round of the Football, Cricket and Netball Facility Program will close on Wednesday 27 February 2019. Register or login to an existing SmartyGrants account through the ORSR website.

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