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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Sporting clubs to share windfall

More than a dozen sporting clubs in Maitland will share close to $90,000 worth of grants through this year’s NSW Local Sport Grants Program.

The 2019-2020 round of 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.

As part of the grant process, Maitland had been deemed Drought Affected – Zone 1, meaning it was eligible for up to $85,000, rather than the normally allocated amount of $50,000 per electorate each year.

Maitland State MP Jenny Aitchison said it was a fantastic outcome for the city.

“The drought has made life tough for many in our community, and for some clubs it may have impacted their ability to raise funds,” she said.

“Sport is such an important part of our Maitland community.

“It contributes in so many ways; to our health, our social wellbeing, the liveability of our city, and even the economy.”

The money will be spent in a variety of ways, including to purchase game and training equipment, install spectator seating, provide referees, 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