Football NSW clubs and associations have attained over $350,000 in funding spanning across nearly 60 projects thanks to the Local Sport Grant Program.
The Local Sport Grant Program aims to support grassroots sporting clubs to increase participation, improve access and enhance sport facilities. Up to $4.65 million was made available to sporting organisations across NSW.
Each electorate across the state was allocated $50,000 with grants up to $10,00 available for each individual project.
Major benefactors of the grant include Blacktown District Soccer Football Association (BDSFA) clubs who received over $35,000 across 8 different projects.
The projects include participation programs, facility upgrades and game analysis/recording tools.
BDSFA club Glenwood Redbacks SC were successful with $8,000 going towards a MiniRoos Cooperative Training Program at Forman Reserve. Glenwood Redbacks SC have seen over 10% growth in the last 2 years and are putting in fantastic groundwork to help fund the development of resources for the club.
BDSFA has also seen a 12% rise in participation over the last two seasons and the additional injection of funds into the region could not be timelier.
Football South Coast (FSC) clubs are also reaping the benefits of the fund with over $34,000 in funding across 6 projects. FSC are another local association that is growing and are currently tracking 8% higher in registrations compared to this time 2022.
Ocean Park, home of Woonona Junior FC is one of the clubs benefitting in the Football South Coast region with $10,000 allocated to undercover seating to ensure a safe environment all users of the park.
Woonona Junior FC have seen a staggering 22% growth of female participants over the last two year.
Football is expected to experience a substantial increase in participation due to the FIFA Women’s World Cup being held on home soil in just a few months’ time. The Local Sport Grant Program is assisting clubs in increasing their capacity for the expected growth post this global event.
“The Local Sport Grant Program is a fantastic grant opportunity for football clubs from metropolitan Sydney to regional NSW,” said Football NSW Manager – Government Relations, Funding and Infrastructure, Daniel Ristic.
“This grant allows clubs to provide much needed funding towards participation programs, vital equipment and other smaller items that ensure a local football club can continue to survive”.
Football Canterbury clubs secured close to $40,000 worth of funding with Macarthur FA clubs also successful obtaining over $30,000 in funding.
The full list of successful applicants for Local Sport Grant Program can be viewed here.
Further grant opportunities like the Local Sport Grant Program can be found here under the “available grants” tab on the Football Facilities website.