Local sports clubs can apply for up to $20,000 to get more girls into sports

Local sports clubs are being invited to apply for grants of up to $20,000, with Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson saying the focus this year is on encouraging more talented girls and young women into sport programs.

“Around half of all Australian boys are active through a sports club during their childhood compared with just 33 per cent of girls, and the participation rate for girls drops sharply after they turn 12,” Mr Anderson said.

“I encourage all local clubs and sporting organisations to use this opportunity to boost their female programs and events, because we want to see women and girls not only take to the field, but stay on the field.”

Thousands of local clubs across the State are now eligible to apply for funding under the NSW Government’s Local Sport Grant Program. The grants will cover initiatives such as new sport programs, upgrades to facilities or projects that improve participation in sport.

The program is part of a $10 million sport grants package announced by the NSW Government.

Grants are now open until October 6, 2017.

For more information visit www.sportandrecreation.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants or phone 13 13 02.