Eighteen sporting clubs in the Shellharbour and Wollongong electorates will share in $100,000 in funding under the NSW Government's Local Sport Grants Program.
Shellharbour has been allocated $50,000 for eight sporting clubs, with the most going to Oak Flats Tennis Club, which will receive $13,000 for the installation of new fencing at Oak Flats Tennis Centre.
Lake Illawarra Cricket Club is also set to receive $10,685 for the replacement of grandstand seating at Howard Fowles Oval in Lake Illawarra.
"This club was only recently recognised as an All-Abilities Cricket Club, the first in the Greater Illawarra Cricket Zone," Shellharbour MP Anna Watson said.
"It's so great to see a progressive club like this, leading the way locally; breaking down barriers to ensure greater accessibility to the sport of cricket for people with disabilities and/or special needs.
"With the All-Abilities cricket season set to commence this month, this funding will go a long way towards ensuring a safe and successful season for Lake Illawarra Cricket Club."
Wollongong has also been allocated $50,000 for 10 sporting clubs, with Illawarra netball players to benefit from a $15,000 funding grant for the Illawarra District Netball Association to upgrade lighting of the netball courts at Fred Finch Park.
Unanderra Hearts Soccer Club will also receive $9000 towards installing female change rooms and toilets at Unanderra Oval.
Wollongong MP Paul Scully said he was pleased to be able to recommend a spread of funding grants for projects across sporting groups in the Wollongong electorate.
"I'm particularly pleased to have recommended a number of projects for funding that focus on women's sporting participation in our local community, which I hope will encourage more participation in their chosen sporting codes," he said.
Other Shellharbour clubs to secure funding are:
- Dapto Chiefs Junior Baseball Club - $3450 to purchase new uniforms and sporting equipment for the 2020-21 season.
- Dapto Little Athletics Centre - $5000 to purchase timing gates and trolley for carting.
- Oak Flats Swimming Club Inc - $4000 for the purchase of two GMX7 Pro training systems.
- Shellharbour City Seniors AFL Club Inc - $4840 for the purchase of a line marker, scoreboard and interchange bench seating.
- Shellharbour City Seniors AFL Club Inc - $2000 for the purchase of an EFTPOS system for 2021-22 season.
- Stingrays Rugby League Football Club Shellharbour - $5000 for the purchase of training equipment and uniforms for open league team.
- SUDU Dragon Boat Club Inc - $2025 for the purchase of uniforms and a dragon boat dolly.
Other Wollongong clubs to secure funding are:
- Berkeley Eagles Baseball Club - $5000 for purchase of ground covering tarps.
- Berkeley Sports Rugby League Club - $5000 for purchase of playing and training uniforms.
- Five Islands Outrigger Canoe Club - $2850 for purchase of paddles and life jackets for juniors.
- Illawarra Dragon Boat Club Inc - $1580 for coaching and first aid training for volunteers.
- Illawarra United Representative Football Club - $5000 to host the Youth Girls Illawarra Gala Football Day.
- Illawarra Wheelchair Basketball Inc - $710 for purchase of a pop-up marquee with carry bag for Beaton Park.
- Western Suburbs Junior Rugby League Football Club Illawarra Inc - $2910 purchase of uniform for female teams.
- Wollongong Cardinals Baseball Club - $2950 for purchase of training shirts, line marking machine and baseball equipment.
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