We granted 26 clubs grants in August this year, thanks to our generous G4G donors who made this possible. We have an update from 3 of our recipients on how their have been using their funds and the impact the grants and the dedicated hard work the clubs have put in, has made of their sport and surrounding community
Carina Leagues Triathlon Club was granted $7,500 to create an Aquathon to 400 school aged kids.
The Aquathon, held in September 2015, included free entry to the race, a race t-shirt, finishers medal and free BBQ for all participants and spectators.
“The race was for junior beginners wanting to try out a multisport event without the need for a bike. We wanted to interest girls in our growing sport and for them to have fun without costing too much,” Aaron Schadel, Carina’s Assistant Coach said.
Carina Leagues has almost doubled their number of participants in the club thanks to the grant.
Canberra Royals Rugby received an $8,500 grant for a rugby program benefitting 600 8–12 year olds. With the help of the grant, the club provided three public primary schools in the Canberra area with uniforms, equipment and coaching staff to implement an inter-school competition.
This program helped develop the kids’ interest in rugby and increase participation numbers for Canberra Royals Rugby Union in weekend competitions.
“Rugby Is really starting to dwindle in Canberra and we needed Giving4Grassroots to help is get a position into local schools. Without the money from the G4G grants I don’t believe we would be a club in 2-3 years,” Trevor Handcock, Canberra Rugby Royals Coach.
Sunshine Heights Cricket Club is nationally recognised as one of the most culturally diverse and inclusive cricket clubs in Australia. And they just won the GoodSports Club of the Year Award!
The club received $5,000 to increase junior participation by providing 50 players from 9–16, with transportation to and from cricket training, cricket matches, and cricket functions throughout the season.
“Transportation is particularly important for this group of children as many come from families without both parents, parents without cars and most of the time without any real understanding or knowledge of cricket and its requirements” Mark Stockwell, Sunshine Heights President said.
“Without the G4G grant the club would not be in a position to fund these multicultural transport aids”.
The Australian International Optimist Dinghy Association received a G4G grant and distributed the monies to five sailing clubs around Australia. Humpybong Yacht Club in Queensland used their grant to run a week long sailing course during the school holidays for 7–12 year olds. The local community was so excited, their course filled within 24hrs!
“The G4G grant was a real boost to our learn to sail programme for kids, Tackers, as it allowed many more families to access the sport. It also allowed some larger families, where having multiple kids participating can be a significant financial impost, to have the entire family participate as a group. In the past we have seen families with one kid participating while their brothers and sisters have to wait until next term and this is something we are keen on overcoming,” Matthew Johnson, Principal at Humpybong Yacht Club.
“I would like to thank the Australian Sports Foundation for the recent G4G grant.
This grant has made it possible for us to take on larger groups of disabled shooters from four different organisations, also the lighter weight and light weight compounds allows for a wider range of disabilities also.
Not only are we able to increase the disability learners but we can now also increase the numbers of school groups coming to the club. We have just started with a group of up to twenty from Rockhampton Grammar, in particular the boarder at this school. Heights College now wishes to increase its numbers; without this grant we would be stuck with limited numbers. For the future this grant will allow us to further expand our community group participation,” John Hans OAM, Peace Archery Founder and President.
Ngurra Kujungka is a not for profit, indigenous health, sport and recreation organisation in the Western Desert, East Pilbara region of Western Australia. The organisation delivers sport and recreation activity throughout remote indigenous communities. The funding provided by G4G program is providing equipment for community based Recreation Officers to deliver the Community Participation Program which involves a variety of sporting activity.
The sports covered by the program so far include AFL, softball, basketball and cricket. The program is delivered before and after school hours and has helped increase the levels of physical activity for the kids as well as, helping to increasing the engagement in education programs by improving school attendance.