The 4th Williamstown Sea Scouts, Williamstown Colts Cricket Club, VBRA Altona Branch and the Altona North Cricket Club are among 512 grassroots sport and recreation clubs across the state sharing $815,000 in grants to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise.

Member for Williamstown, the Hon. Wade Noonan MP today announced four local clubs that had successfully applied for funding in the first round of the Andrews Government’s 2018-19 Sporting Club Grants Program.

The grants provide clubs up to $1000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $2000 for training coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5000 to improve operational effectiveness.

In the Williamstown Electorate, the 4th Williamstown Sea Scouts will use their $950 grant to purchase 12 helmets of different sizes to be used for a new kayaking program. Currently youth members are unable to access this activity due to safety concerns and this grant will provide young people in Williamstown with the opportunity to participate in the activity safely.

The Williamstown Colts Cricket Club have been allocated a $1,000 grant to be used to purchase new uniforms for their senior men and junior sides as part of their plan to rebrand and begin a new club.
The VBRA Altona Branch will use their $2,000 grant to upskill and develop current basketball referees which will receive feedback and coaching on local games by qualified referee coaches and evaluators.

The Altona North Cricket Club will use their $5,000 grant to develop and implement a strategic plan to reestablish cricket programs for girls, boys and women living in the Altona North area and its surrounds, promoting greater participation in cricket by people from the local community.

The Sporting Club Grants Program is part of the Andrews Government’s commitment to make sport more accessible and inclusive, increase local participation, stimulate local economies, and build sustainable sport and recreation and volunteer opportunities.

Since coming to office, including this latest round of funding, the Andrews Government has provided more than 3,200 Sporting Club Grants to clubs across the state, totalling more than $4.4 million.
We’re investing almost half a billion dollars in our 2018/19 Budget to ensure sport and active recreation goes from strength to strength.

Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown, Wade Noonan MP

“Our local sport and recreation clubs do a fantastic job and are usually run on the smell of an oily rag, so I know these funds will be appreciated.”

“Once again we’re seeing an injection of funds to increase the participation of girls and women in sport, which is a great thing.”

“I want to place on record my thanks and admiration for all those people throughout our community who give so generously of their time to run our local clubs.”