Sporting clubs get a boost

GLADSTONE athletes will benefit from nearly $36,000 in Bligh Government funding as part of the Sport and Recreation Active Inclusion program.

The program offers special funding to sport and recreation clubs looking to build their capacity through education and training programs, the recruitment and retention of volunteers and by encouraging participation from within their community.

The local organisations toreceive funding include Boyne Tannum Cricket Club; $4,700, Curtis Coast Dolphins Netball Association; $4850, Gladstone District Dirtriders Club; $4150, Gladstone Rugby Football League Referees' Association; $4000, Meteors Sports Club; $5000, Past Brothers' Junior Rugby League Football Club; $4980, Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club; $5000 and Western Suburbs Swimming Club; $3000.

Past Brothers' Junior Rugby League Football Club President Tim Moore said the funds it received would pay for courses for club volunteers to get the correct qualifications in League Safe, coaching and first aid.

“Volunteers are hard enough to come by... and it's hard to raise money and get sponsorship to pay for these courses,” Tim said.

The Calliope Junior Rugby League Club also received $81,085 towards upgrading its canteen from the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund.



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