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Alloway Netball gains Council grant

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Alloway Netball Club has thanked council for a $2500 Community Grant. Photo: Alloway Netball Club Facebook, Steve Richter photography.

Alloway Netball Club has thanked council for a $2500 community grant.

The club was recently successful in Bundaberg Regional Council’s Community Grants Program and president Lyn Newport said the funds had gone towards training for coaches, umpires and new sporting equipment.

“We all know how much we value our amazing coaches and umpires and that we all can’t get on the court without them,” Lyn said.

“So, thanks again to BRC for their amazing support.” 

The grant comes after the winter netball competition, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Lyn said COVID restrictions had made fundraising difficult and this grant meant they wouldn’t have to dip into the club’s savings.

“We’re self-funded, so it was really good to get this grant because it helps get the required accredited training for coaches and umpires, which they have to have to be able to coach and umpire in the BNA competition,” she said.

“We couldn’t play the winter season this year and because of restrictions we haven’t been able to hold our usual fundraisers so this grant is a huge benefit for us.”

The funding has primarily gone towards the training of coaches and umpires, though Lyn noted that it would help the club get new equipment.

“We pay for our players or members to do the training courses and buying rule books for our umpires and coaches are not cheap, so it was a real benefit for us as a club to have that grant,” she said. 

Council's community services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said sporting organisations like the Alloway Netball Club played an important role in the region.

“The aim of Bundaberg Regional Council's Community Grants Program is to provide assistance to local community groups/organisations who make positive contributions to the quality of life in the Bundaberg Region and Alloway Netball Club certainly does that,” Cr McPhee said.

Netball is the most popular female team sport across Australia and under the threat of COVID it’s so important to provide support to clubs that need it.

“The grants programs offer a helping hand with funding to enable groups to push through these trying times and to continue the necessary services and opportunities they provide.”