Melinda Hambrook, Pixie, Sheree, Mable and Rose Gibson with Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke pose around a novelty cheque at the Young Netball Courts.
Melinda Hambrook, Pixie, Sheree, Mable and Rose Gibson with Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP

The Young & District Netball Association has scored a $4,500 boost from the NSW Government’s Sports Grants.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke announced the funding which will be used to subsidise registration fees, purchase uniforms and new equipment.

Ms Cooke said the grant will help secure the next generation of netballers.

“We have such a strong netball community and this grant will mean the Young and District Netball Association is well placed for the future,” Ms Cooke said.

“Sport is so important for our communities and it is such a pleasure to announce this funding which will make it possible for even more young people to get involved.”

Vice President of the Young & District Netball Association Melinda Hambrook said the grant would help bring through the next generation of players in the region.

“This grant is excellent news for us because it will inspire and hopefully bring more juniors to join the club, help them to enjoy all the fun of sport and help us to provide new equipment,” Ms Hambrook said.  

“It will be fantastic to be able to bring some new little ones through by subsidising their registrations and get some new equipment for them.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said Regional NSW will benefit from more than $2 million in grants for local communities, which will particularly help those affected by drought, bushfires and COVID-19.

“Drought, bushfires and now the COVID-19 pandemic have created significant uncertainty for sport in NSW, particularly in regional areas,” Mr Barilaro said.

“People in the bush love sport and this money will be a massive boost for regional sporting organisations, which not only help our communities stay active and healthy but also perform a vital role keeping people connected.”

The Local Sport Grants Program awards sporting organisations up to $20,000 for projects which focus on development and participation, access and facility development.

“Women’s sport has experienced enormous success and growth both on and off the field in recent years and we want that momentum to be revived after the worst of COVID-19 has passed.”

“We are all looking forward to seeing community sport return to normal when it is safe to do so and this money will provide vital funds to help organisations be ready to resume as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted,” Mr Barilaro said.

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