Rugby League referees in the Illawarra will receive new uniforms and equipment after the Group 7 Referee Association was successful in securing funding from the Greater Bank.
The association won the #GreaterIllawarra funding program community vote in September and will receive $2000 for the new on and off field uniforms and training kits.
The association has 75 rugby league referees who cover an area from Albion Park to Milton Ulladulla. It provides match day officials to over 130 rugby league games from the Under 6's to First Grade divisions as well as expert training, mentoring and coaching for their referees.
Junior Development and Recruitment director Ryan Micallef said the funding will cover considerable costs.
"The recent merger between Country Rugby League and NSW Rugby League means our previous referee uniforms are no longer relevant."
"As a result, we have to purchase 75 new uniforms with the updated logo for next years competition which comes at a considerable cost.
"We can now use the additional funding to purchase new uniforms and training kits for all our referees so they can start off the new season on the right foot."
Also sharing in the September found of #GreaterIllawarra funding was Southern Illawarra Men's Shed and Oak Flats Swimming Club who both received $500 towards operational costs.
Greater Bank regional manager Greg Creagan said it was great to see the positive impact the funding program was having on community and sporting groups across the Illawarra.
"The monthly funding up for grabs through the #GreaterIllawarra program can have such a positive impact on community groups, especially smaller ones that don't attract a great deal of public attention and continually have to work hard to fundraise every year," he said.
The October round of the #GreaterIllawarra program is now open with Thirroul JRLFC - Mini / Mod Teams, Dapto Scout Group and Triumph Gymnastics all vying for a share in the $3000 funding.
People can vote between now and October 28 at greater.com.au/greaterillawarra or by visiting a Greater Bank branch.
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