Bears Boosted with Two Sports Grants

Steph Cooke MP with members of the Burrangong Bears RLFC and the new portable score board.
Steph Cooke MP with members of the Burrangong Bears RLFC

The Burrangong Bears Rugby League Football Club have successfully secured two NSW Government Sports Grants.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced a $1,350 grant to purchase a portable scoreboard and a $2,564 grant to install a PA sound system at Cranfield Oval.

Ms Cooke said the two sports grants were a boost for all users of Cranfield Oval.

“Cranfield Oval is used by a range of clubs, community groups and schools who will all benefit from these upgrades,” Ms Cooke said.

“Sport and recreation is so important for our communities; it brings people together, helps us all be healthier and enables us to get out in to our fantastic local spaces. I am so pleased the NSW Government has provided this support to the Bears and the entire community.”

“These grants have taken some of the financial pressure off the club and I know they are warmly welcomed by the community.”

James Sheehan from the Burrangong Bears RLFC said the new equipment was warmly welcomed by the community.

“These improvements are great because the entire the community has the opportunity to use these assets, including local schools and small community groups,” Mr Sheehan said.

“It’s so great not only for the club but for the whole region to have the support of the local member Steph Cooke.”

“This is fantastic, it definitely feels like it’s helping us do our bit for the community and for sport in Young.”

Cootamundra Rugby Club Opened

Ab Mcalister, Phil Kearns, Steph Cooke and Cowra Rugby Club representatives stand under the veranda of the new clubhouse and smile.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has joined the Cootamundra Rugby Club and former Wallabies Captain Phil Kearns AM to open the new rugby clubhouse.

The NSW Government supported the new building with a $350,000 grant from the Stronger Communities Fund.

Steph Cooke MP said the project was the result of hard work from the club community.

“I am so pleased the NSW Government has supported this work, but a huge congratulations must go to the Cootamundra Rugby Club for their extensive and ongoing fundraising to bring this clubhouse to life,” Ms Cooke said.

“This has been an amazing community effort, supported by a champion of the game, Phil Kearns AM, who kindly offered to have a round of golf with him auctioned off to raise even more money.”

“This is the grassroots of rugby, where our juniors learn to love the game, make lifelong friends and begin their journey with this great sport. It’s wonderful the Club has a new home.”

President of the Cootamundra Rugby Club Steven Hardie said the new clubhouse would bring players and the community together.

“This clubhouse gives us a home and we can finally put up our photographs and boards. It’s somewhere we can all congregate and it makes us a closer club,” Mr Hardie said.

“The opening was fantastic, we had a big crowd and it was a huge success. Steph did a great a job and Phil Kearns was very enjoyable to listen to. It was a great day.”

“For the last few years we haven’t been able to play on our home ground because we haven’t had change rooms. This helps to bring the juniors, seniors and the community together. It’s going to make a huge difference. We are going to be able to generate more income with home games to help pay for the clubhouse.”