Grants enliven WA’s regional sporting participation

  • Regional sports initiatives share in $34,900 to increase participation in sporting opportunities in regional WA
  • Artistic swimming, skateboarding clinics, tetrathlon championships are among the funded initiatives
  • Ten organisations received funding through the McGowan Government’s Active Regional Communities grants
  • Skateboarding clinics, an artistic swimming program and the development of an athletics training centre are among ten regional initiatives to receive funding in the latest round of the State Government’s Active Regional Communities grants.

    The Active Regional Communities grants aims to increase opportunities for regional people to participate in sport and active-recreation activities in regional Western Australia.

    In total, ten initiatives will share in $34,900 in funding including:

    • $3,000 to Synchro W.A. Inc to develop Artistic Swimming in the Mid-West through coaching camps and local training events;
    • $3,000 to Southern Regional Gymnastics Association to increase participation in gymnastics in the Wheatbelt through hosting a Regional Championship as well as support for coaches and judges;
    • $5,000 to Synchro W.A. Inc to develop Artistic Swimming in the Great Southern through coaching camps and local training events; 
    • $5,000 to Mount Barker Amateur Swimming Club to host Country Pennants 2021 including funding for volunteer event management and technical officials’ courses, and providing a competitive environment for all swimmers;
    • $2,000 to Shire of Beverley to deliver a 6-week skateboarding clinic to boost the confidence of local youth using the new Moort Wabiny Park Skate Precinct;
    • $3,500 to Pony Club of WA Incorporated to host the State Tetrathlon Championships providing an opportunity for athletes across the State to compete at a championship level;
    • $2,000 to the Shire of Katanning to establish an athletics training centre to give children and youth within the Shire an opportunity to participate in athletics activities as well as upskill coaches and volunteers;
    • $4,000 to the Esperance Equestrian Club to fund a camp to attract new participants and upskill coaches;
    • $2,500 to Football West Limited to host a Regional Development Roadshow in the Wheatbelt including a game leaders course, carnival and small sided games to build participation and allow staff to become accredited coaches and facilitators;
    • $4,900 to Tambellup Community Resources Centre Inc to host a ‘Have a go’ program allowing community members to participate in a range of activities not currently offered.

    Organisations will also share in $8,400 to help offset the costs of travel to inter-regional competitions and events through the State Government’s North-West Travel Subsidy scheme.

    The Active Regional Communities program is open year-round and is administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. More information on the program is available here.

    As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:

    “This program increases the opportunities available for regional people to participate in sport and active recreation and is a real winner for regional sporting clubs.

    “I’m pleased to see variety of different initiatives being funded and thanks to the program, regional athletes and aspiring coaches will be better trained and qualified, and events can go ahead that otherwise may not have.”

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