Time for Sporting Clubs to Get in the Game

28/11/2012

Local MPs are reminding all sport and recreation clubs that time is almost up to apply for funding in the first round of the Newman Government's Get in the Game initiative.

Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, Member for Kallangur, said the sign-up period for the initial Get Going and Get Playing components of the grassroots sporting program would close on 1 December.

"Already more than 28 clubs in the Kallangur and Pine Rivers electorates have applied to be registered for the Get Started voucher program for young people, which is a fantastic result," Mr Ruthenberg said.

"This is a huge response which underscores the positive feedback received so far from local clubs, who say the program will benefit their members and help them provide better services."

"I want all local sport and recreation clubs to see what these programs have to offer to improve their clubs and attract new members.

"This grassroots sporting initiative is another way the Newman Government is helping to ease the cost of living for Queensland families."

Mr Seath Holswich, Member for Pine Rivers, said Get in the Game consisted of three funding programs worth $18 million over three years.

"Get Started will provide more than 40,000 vouchers worth up to $150 to help with the cost of registration fees for children who are least able to afford it, or would otherwise benefit from joining a sporting club," Mr Holswich said.

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

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

Applications for Get Started vouchers will officially open in January 2013.

"We look forward to working with clubs throughout the state to ensure Queenslanders have access to sporting and recreational opportunities and facilities wherever they live," Mr Holswich said.