- Thursday 21 July 2016
Along with 41 other sporting clubs, members of Kenilworth Cricket Club, Bli Bli United Football Club and Buddina United Soccer Club will be able to better maintain playing fields to a high standard thanks to a Sunshine Coast Council grants program.
Each of the three clubs successfully applied for funding through council’s Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program, taking the number of clubs supported by the program to 44 and a total of more than $550,000 provided in funding. All recipients also have access to expert advice on how to maintain their playing surfaces.
Community and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program was developed to provide financial assistance to local sporting clubs.
“So many of our local sporting clubs are run by volunteers,” Cr McKay said.
“Dedicated committees and coaches, mum’s and dad’s, willingly give their time, more often than not on weekends and evenings, to ensure that the players have quality facilities that enable them to enjoy the sports they love.
“Council is keen to assist and partner with these groups through the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program which contributes to the field maintenance costs incurred by these organisations.
“The program provides clubs with a secure revenue source for these expenses allowing committee volunteers to focus on the development of their respective sports.
“Another key element of the program is access to council’s Parks Community Sports Field Officer who supports sporting organisations by providing expert advice on maintaining their sports fields to competition standard.”
Sport Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said we have seen a lot of great results for local and visiting sporting groups since the program began in 2011.
“We’re all about living a healthy and active lifestyle here on the Coast, and having quality playing surfaces is key for our sporting community,” Cr OPray said.
“This program has allowed our sporting clubs to provide improved facilities and also increased their capacity to maintain the playing fields.
“By providing competition standard facilities, clubs have been able to attract larger events to the region including:
- the Australian Under 17 Cricket Championships proposed to be hosted by the Maroochydore, Caloundra and Landsborough Cricket Clubs in September 2016,
- the Australian Under 15 Cricket Championship to be hosted by the Maroochydore Cricket Club in March 2017;
- and the Under 15 State Girls Softball Championship to be hosted by the Suncoast Softball Club in April 2017.”
The Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program is available to not-for-profit sporting organisations and provides up to three years of funding as a contribution towards the cost of the maintenance of sports fields in the Sunshine Coast region.
For more information visit council’s website or contact a grants officer on 5420 8616.