Sport and recreation clubs across the Cootamundra electorate have been successful in securing funding from the NSW Government for new equipment, facilities and programs through the Local Sport Grants Program.

Ten sport and recreation clubs will each receive grants of up to $20,000 in the latest round of funding which sees $4.2 million awarded to sports and recreation clubs across the state.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the grants would be used to increase participation, upgrade facilities and equipment and help train coaches and volunteers.

“Sport is part of who we are in the Cootamundra electorate, and while some ageing equipment has never stopped our people getting out on the field and having a crack, I’m proud to be able to deliver funding to local groups to buy new gear, deliver training and attract more people to their sport,” Ms Cooke said.

“Which is why I’m thrilled that more than $40,000 will flow to 10 of our clubs to help increase participation in sport and active recreation and contribute to improved social, health and cultural outcomes.”

The full list of recipients is as follows:

  • Barellan Swimming Club – extension of shelter over the toddlers pool: $4,000
  • Cootamundra Swimming and Lifesaving Club – training for coaches: $1,572
  • Cowra District Hockey Association – skills development: $2,000
  • Grenfell Junior Rugby Union – first aid training, come and try rugby day, subsidised travel to Rugby Gala Days for players, upgrade of clubhouse kitchen and the RB Rembrick Field: $12,474
  • Cowra Pistol Club – Purchase of electric air compressor: $1,300
  • Junee and District Pony Club Inc – show jumping poles and jumps: $5,000
  • Narrandera Amateur Swimming and Lifesaving Club Inc – classes: $2,000
  • Western Rams Rugby League Inc – subsidised travel, rego, uniforms and equipment for women and girls rugby: $5,000
  • Young Croquet Club Inc – extension of shelters at Jack Bond Oval: $3,100
  • Young Darts Association – mobile dartboard structures: $5,000

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres congratulated the grant recipients and said the NSW Government was proud to support a program which improved community health and encouraged participation in sport and recreation.

“Tackling childhood obesity and increasing regular and ongoing participation in sport and active recreation for people of all ages is a NSW Government priority,” Mr Ayres said.

“These funds will help encourage people in the Cootamundra electorate community, regardless of their age or ability, to get involved in sport and active recreation.”

For further information on the Local Sport Grants Program and the full list of grant recipients, visit: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/localsport