Football Tasmania has welcomed the introduction of their Government’s Improving the Playing Field Fund to support the state’s sport and recreation sector.
The Tasmanian Government will be allocating $10 million to the fund which will see grants of between $25,000 and $250,000 given to local councils, sporting associations and clubs.
The fund has been created to help support sports organisations recover from COVID-19 – aiming to improve facilities across the state as well as helping to maintain and build participation rates across sporting codes.
Grants can be used to build new facilities or upgrade existing amenities such as change rooms, toilets and shower facilities, lighting, security, fencing, scoreboards and drainage.
Football Tasmania CEO, Matt Bulkeley, said that the announcement would be beneficial to all sporting codes.
“Today’s announcement will give sports clubs better facilities and help support jobs – it’s a win-win,” he said.
“Football is Tasmania’s most popular team sport and one of our biggest challenges as the World Game continues to grow in Tasmania is finding adequate facilities for our increasing numbers. Today’s announcement will see facilities upgraded right around the State, which will benefit a variety of sports, not just football.
“We would like to thank the Premier for his support and in particular, Jane Howlett, the Minister for Sport, who has done an amazing job helping the sports community deal with the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.”
The Improving The Playing Field Fund follows last month’s COVID-19 Sport and Recreation Grants program which saw Football Tasmania receive $150,000 from the Tasmanian Government to support the salaries of employees at Football Tasmania.
Applications for the Improving the Playing Field Fund will be open in the coming weeks.