Local Sport Grants to provide major support for NSW football

The goal of the Local Sport Grants Program is to offer assistance to community-level sports clubs, with the objective of increasing engagement, organizing events, enhancing accessibility, and modernising sports and recreational amenities.

In this latest funding round, a substantial sum of $4.65 million was allocated, providing ample opportunities for local communities to enhance their sporting infrastructure. Each electorate was granted access to $50,000, allowing them to invest in projects that foster active lifestyles and community engagement.

Eligible projects will receive grants of up to $20,000, enabling clubs and organisations to undertake meaningful initiatives aimed at enriching the sporting landscape and promoting physical well-being across the region.

The influence of this initiative on football within NSW is substantial, with over $669,000 directly allocated to the sport. This funding encompasses participation initiatives, infrastructure improvements, and various other aspects, benefiting communities across both urban and rural areas.

Several Football NSW associations have experienced significant benefits from the fund, receiving over $550,000 in allocations. Particularly noteworthy are the Southern Districts Soccer Football Association (SDSFA), Granville District Soccer Football Association (GDSFA), and Football Canterbury, which emerge as primary recipients of support.

SDSFA clubs successfully obtained approval for eight grants, totalling more than $76,000. These grants are directed towards lowering the financial obstacles to football participation and improving the training environment by investing in specialised equipment, coaching courses, and apparel.

The oldest football association in NSW, GDSFA received over $68,000 across four projects. Parramatta Eagles FC, Granville Waratah Soccer FC and Regents Park Saints FC all received the maximum amount of $20,000 ranging from equipment to female programs to help cater for the spike in female football this year post the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Female football is experiencing remarkable growth following the World Cup, with a 17% increase in female player participation recorded year to date.

Manager of Government Relations, Funding and Infrastructure at Football NSW, Daniel Ristic underscored the importance of this funding.

“The Local Sport Grant Program offers football clubs considerable flexibility, enabling them to seek funding for a wide range of needs, including programs, essential equipment, and minor infrastructure projects,” he said via press release.

“We thank the government once again for this ongoing funding, this program truly does a make a difference to local grassroots clubs across NSW each and every year.”

Football Canterbury clubs were also granted a significant sum exceeding $48,000, indicating the region’s strong participation levels and dedication to accommodating diverse members. Most approved grant proposals centre around program-based endeavours, aiming to offer inclusive avenues to football for people of all ages and skill levels.

Football Canterbury is witnessing a surge in registrations, experiencing a 10% rise in participation compared to the 2023 season, with over 19,400 individuals enrolled for the 2024 season.

Federal Budget commits $97 million investment for sport programs

The 2024-25 Federal Budget, which was released on Tuesday night, includes more than $97 million over two years to the ASC to extend Sporting Schools, the Local Sporting Champions, and Local Para Champions programs, and participation funding to help more Australians get active.

This two-year extension runs until 30 June 2026 and helps kids of all different sports afford an opportunity to play at a local level if they come from and under privileged background.

Football Australia is a part of the Sporting Schools program, with each state offering participation Officers and local clubs that are ready to implement in-school and after-school programs for students of ages up to Year 8, plus all abilities programs.

Football Australia use this program to link local football clubs with schools to facilitate an ongoing relationship and provide further opportunity for students to continue their football journey outside of school, whether that be MiniRoos Kick Off, MiniRoos Club or Junior Football.

More than 24,000 young Australians will be supported with the Local Sporting Champions (LSC) and Local Para Champions (LSP) grants programs continuing for a further two years.

These are fantastic programs that have supported Australia’s best athletes including many Matildas like Courtney Nevin, Cortnee Vine, Alex Chidiac, Teagan Micah and Clare Hunt.

World Cup veteran’s Caitlin Foord and Ellie Carpenter also rose to success with assistance from the LSC program throughout their junior careers.

Australian Sports Commission CEO Kieren Perkins OAM mentions the importance of this investment to continue critical national sporting programs.

“Once again, I want to thank Minister Wells and the Australian Government for their continued support and investment in Australian sport,” Perkins said in a statement.

“This funding extends critical sport participation programs like the Participation Grant program and Sporting Schools which provides free and fun sporting opportunities to more than two million students each year.

“This follows last week’s announcement of $249.7 million to upgrade the AIS Campus to ensure our athletes have access to the world’s best testing and training facilities, and accommodation ahead of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

This is a fantastic initiative that will benefit football amongst other sports and has a history of helping kids of all skill levels play in their respective sport.

The Federal Budget have put in almost $350 to improve sport, mostly around the 2032 Olympic Games but it is great to see some investment in the world game after the huge success of the Women’s World Cup last year.

The biggest Female Football Week to date draws to a close

Female Football week is at its climax across the country with each respective state firmly involved in what has been a monumental year of growth and perseverance with one of the hottest topics amongst the sporting plethora across the nation.

Symbolising the significant strides in which female football has made down under, off the back of its maiden World Cup hosting tenure.

Football Queensland throughout the grand occasion were busy shining a spotlight upon the continuous growth of participation, encouraging women of all ages to become involved and immersed within the global game.

Football Victoria – Commentary

Football Victoria (FV) celebrated women’s football week in style.

Round 8 of the National Premier League Women’s (NPLW) competition within Victoria was unique throughout its coverage, with every match throughout the round featuring a female commentator.

A monumental feat spearheaded by the FV Commentary team, this was the first time an all female commentary round was executed.

Football Queensland

FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci disclosed his appreciation for the momentous occasion via the FQ website.

“While celebrations like FFW serve as a crucial milestone in FQ’s journey towards achieving 50/50 gender parity by 2027 and helps to further reinforce our commitment to enhancing accessibility and inclusivity, our support is not confined to this week, as we remain dedicated to prioritising our female football community year-round.”

Football Queensland – Award Ceremony

Paying homage to Referees, Club Volunteers, Players and Community Champions of the year was conducted through awards up for grabs.

FQ showcased an award ceremony towards multiple facets of football throughout the state.

A nice incentive dedicated to the recognition and appraisal of the hard work undertaken by different areas of football.

The Female Football Week club of the year was awarded to Central Football Club following their extraordinary contribution to female football within Queensland.

Displayed throughout the clubs commitment to female football, the club are fully dedicated to the advancement of women’s football.

Harvesting a fostering environment throughout the club, alongside the nourishment of young promising female footballers has been symbolised by FQ.

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