Sporting clubs to receive a financial boost and expert advice
  • Friday 21 July 2017
ImageAlong with 43 other Sunshine Coast sporting clubs, members of the Bli Bli Little Athletics Club will be able to maintain their turf playing fields to competition standard thanks to a Sunshine Coast Council grants program.

The club successfully applied for funding through council’s Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program.

A total of more than $580,000 will be provided in funding to the 44 clubs and all recipients will also have access to expert advice on how to maintain their turf playing surfaces.

Bli Bli Little Athletics assistant centre manager Bret Buckland said the Sports Field Maintenance Funding was crucial to ensuring the surface at McMartin Park continued to host district and regional level competitions.

“On behalf of our young members who utilise the sports fields from September to March, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you,” Mr Buckland said.

“Our members love training and competing on the high standard of surface which is maintained by the club’s parents with volunteer support from Maroochy Northshore Lions Club, under the guidance of council’s Parks Community Sports Field Officer.”

Sport Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said council had seen great results for local and visiting sporting groups since the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program began in 2011.

“We’re focused on delivering Australia’s leading healthy, smart and creative region and having quality playing surfaces is key for our sporting community,” Cr OPray said.

“This program has allowed our sporting clubs to provide improved facilities and also increased their capacity to maintain the playing fields to competition level.”

Community and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program was developed to provide financial assistance to local sporting clubs.

“Just like the Bli Bli Little Athletics Club, so many of our local sporting clubs are run by volunteers,” Cr McKay said.

“Dedicated committees and coaches, mums and dads, willingly give their time, more often than not on weekends and evenings, to ensure that the players have quality facilities that enable them to enjoy the sports they love.

“Council is keen to assist and partner with these groups through the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program which contributes to the sports field maintenance costs incurred by these organisations.

“The program provides clubs with a secure revenue source for these expenses allowing committee volunteers to focus on the development of their respective sports.

“Another key element of the program is access to council’s Parks Community Sports Field Officer who supports sporting organisations by providing expert advice on maintaining their turf sports fields to competition standard.”

The Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program is available to not-for-profit sporting organisations, who meet the eligibility criteria, and provides up to three years of funding as a contribution towards the cost of the maintenance of turf sports fields in the Sunshine Coast region.

For more information, visit council’s website or contact a grants officer on 5420 8616.