The fifth round of NNSWF’s Facilities Fund has seen more than $216,187 awarded to community clubs.
Applications were received from 16 clubs representing six member zones, with three successful projects chosen.
Macquarie Football club Edgeworth Junior Soccer Club will receive $37,427 for the installation of an accessible pathway and LED lighting upgrades, while Football Mid North Coast Club Taree FC will receive $100,000 for additional lighting installation.
Newcastle Football club New Lambton FC will receive $78,760 for lighting upgrades.
Northern NSW Football’s Facilities Fund was established in 2019 and aligns with the NSW Football Infrastructure Strategy.
The fund has seen NNSWF invest $1,135,575 in community football infrastructure projects since its inception, with partner funding of $1,644,577 taking the total project value to $2,780,152.
NNSWF General Manager Community Football, Ross Hicks said funding came from a portion of player registration fees, with football money going back into helping football clubs.
“The Facilities Fund provides clubs another avenue to seek significant funding for facility projects and in turn increase participation, improve safety and security, assist in building stronger communities through football and improve the overall football experience for their members and stakeholders,” Hicks said.
“We have seen the positive impacts the fund has already had on clubs and their facilities. So it is great that another four of our community clubs have been able to benefit.”
The NNSWF Facilities Fund was established to help clubs partner with local stakeholders such as Local Government Authorities, state government, schools, other sports and relevant landowners to:
Improve the football experience for players, referees, coaches and volunteers
Provide opportunities for more participants to play more football more often
Improve the safety of community facilities
Provide inclusive football opportunities within clubs
Improve security at community football facilities
NNSWF is committed to improving places to play, a focus area set out in its Play On Strategic Plan. NNSWF’s goal is to increase the number of football facilities that are fit for purpose, welcoming and support the growth of the game.
Interested clubs can read the Facilities Fund Guidelines HERE.
For more information or help in making an application contact NNSWF General Manager Community Football Ross Hicks (4941 7200 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
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