Local Sporting Clubs Encouraged to Apply for "Get in the Game" Funding


Local State MPs are encouraging all local sporting clubs to apply for funding through the Newman Government's latest commitment to grassroots sports participation.

Mr Seath Holswich MP said the Get in the Game program represents an $18 million boost for local sporting organisations and children participating in local sporting clubs.

"Get in the Game consists of three funding programs; Get Started, Get Going and Get Playing - designed to get more young people playing sport and involved in recreation activities."

"We're providing more help for Queensland families by reducing the costs of club registrations and funding better equipment and infrastructure."

"This initiative is another way the Newman Government is determined to ease the cost of living burden for Queensland families."

"A local community information session will provide more detailed information on program guidelines, available funding and important dates, how to apply and answering any questions," Mr Holswich said.

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg MP said Get Started would provide more than 40,000 vouchers of up to $150 to help with the cost of registration fees for disadvantaged children, or children who would realise social or health benefits from joining a sporting club.

"Get Going will see $10,000 grants paid directly to community clubs to help them grow, through the purchasing of new sporting equipment or promoting new membership initiatives," he said.

"The Get Playing program will provide $100,000 grants for community sporting clubs to upgrade or replace existing facilities and infrastructure."

"Our focus is on promoting greater participation in sport at the grassroots level, by supporting local clubs and organisations."

Get Going and Get Playing applications close on 1st December 2012. Applications for Get Started will open in January 2013.

Mr Holswich and Mr Ruthenberg are encouraging local sport and recreation club officials and volunteers to attend the community information sessions to learn how the new programs would benefit their club and community.

The nearest information sessions are:

Tuesday 2nd October at 6:30pm - Everton Park Bowls Club, 7 Gearside St, Everton Park
Thursday 4th October at 6:00pm - Kedron Wavell Services Club, Kittyhawk Drive, Chermside
Tuesday 9th October at 6:00pm - Caboolture Hub, 4 Hasking St, Caboolture

For further information please log on to www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/funding/getinthegame or phone 1300 656 191.