2 March 2018

ACT government gives $2.4 million to boost Canberra’s sporting community

| Lachlan Roberts
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ACT Sports Minister Yvette Berry has a hit with some of the ANZ Tennis Hotshots from Forrest Primary School. Photo: Glynis Quinlan.

ACT Sports Minister Yvette Berry has a hit with some of the ANZ Tennis Hotshots from Forrest Primary School. Photo: Glynis Quinlan.

As part of the 2018 Sport and Recreation Program, the ACT government has provided $2.4 million to 60 local sporting organisations in grant funding to boost participation in sport, provide training and education opportunities, and improve club facilities across Canberra.

The Minister for Women and Sport and Recreation, Yvette Berry, said that she wanted Canberrans to live a healthy, active and inclusive lifestyle.

“It’s important everyone in the community has every chance to get involved in sport and active recreation and the 2018 Sport and Recreation Grants Program will again deliver these opportunities.”

The ACT government has also introduced the Women’s Sport and Recreation Participation and Leadership Program (WSRPLP) to encourage women and girls to participate in sport, in fulfilment of a promise made in the 2016 election.

The women and girls’ program will provide financial assistance to support participation, education and training activities for women and girls involved in sport across the ACT. The program also plans to reach new female participants including those at risk or with higher levels of inactive behaviours, and to attract women from other cultures to get active.

The ACT government said the primary objective of the program is to provide financial assistance to individuals, clubs and organisations within the ACT, so that they could provide participation opportunities for women and girls in the ACT. The program also aims to encourage females to take on leadership roles in the sector.

Under the program, the Tuggeranong Netball Association was given $10,000 to attract women from other cultures, in particular, the Muslim and refugee communities.

Capital Football was also awarded $4,700 to increase the skill of female referees for the 2018 Kanga Cup. The ACT government said providing education and training to support female match officials would benefit the event, while also creating a legacy through local officiating.

Athletics ACT was also given a funding boost so they can purchase pole vault landing bags, cover and base for use at the Woden Park Athletics Facility, with Canberra BMX Club also receiving funding to upgrade the track’s lighting system at Melba to improve rider safety.

Ms Berry said that the ACT Government was proud to keep supporting Australia’s most active city and supporting the wonderful community clubs, local facilities, open spaces and countless volunteers who make up the sporting community.

For a full list of grant recipient’s, click here.

Do you think the government’s program will attract more women from other cultures to participate in local sport? Comment below.

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