Camden Council have decided to waive ground hire costs for the remainder of the 2020 season, to support local football clubs in the area.
Football NSW have applauded the decision and have urged other councils to follow suit, in what are financially difficult times.
Camden Council Mayor Theresa Fedeli said: “We know how difficult it has been for everyone during the pandemic including sporting clubs and associations who have had their seasons and finances compromised.
“Council has been able to offer a $16.8 million COVID-19 support package to help the community through what are challenging times. I am glad to be able to assist local sporting clubs by waiving these fees as part of our COVID-19 support package and hope it makes a positive impact on local sport.
“I wish the clubs and all our local players the best of luck for the remainder of the season.”
Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge was thrilled with the announcement made by the local council.
“Well done to Camden Council for pushing its valued support behind our code in what have been tough times for the sport,” he said.
“Decisions such as this from Camden Council go a very long way to assuring our clubs and players are well supported and will continue to provide a positive and significant benefit to the community.”
Macarthur Football Association General Manager, Salv Carmusciano, welcomed the council’s decision.
“It has certainly been a tough season for winter clubs.
“Whilst football is very lucky to be operational during this pandemic, the restrictions are having a financial impact on the clubs.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have such passionate volunteers that drive local sport clubs, simply for the good of the community. This gesture highlights just how much Camden Council cares about its community,” he concluded.