SPORTS clubs and organisations are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment following a share in more than $900,000 from the State Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Danielle Green announced the successful clubs in the latest round of the State Government’s 2020-21 Sporting Club Grants Program.

Clubs in the Yan Yean electorate to receive the grants include: Doreen United Soccer Club, $2000, for volunteer first aid training; Growling Frog LEAP Seniors Golf Club, $1980 for community golf instructors to deliver COVID-19 safe coaching; Whittlesea Football and Netball Club, $970 for senior match day footballs; Whittlesea Tennis Club, $852 for new tennis nets.

Due to unprecedented application numbers, the State Government boosted available grant funding in this round from $450,000 to $900,000 to support clubs during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Minister for Community Sport, Ros Spence said coronavirus restrictions had a heavy impact on community sport, and the funding lifeline would open up a range of opportunities on and off the field for clubs and their members.

“Congratulations our latest batch of grant recipients and I look forward to seeing a new generation of local champions get their chance to take their sports to a whole new level,” she said.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said the grants provided clubs up to $1000 for new uniforms and equipment, up to $5000 for training of coaches, officials and volunteers, and up to $5000 to improve club operational effectiveness.

“Congratulations to all our local clubs and their great volunteers. The Sporting Club Grants Program is giving grassroots sports clubs the support they need to grow their ranks and help more people than ever play the sports they love,” she said.

For more information on the grants and a full list of recipients, visit www.sport.vic.gov.au/grants-and-funding/our-grants/sporting-club-grants-program.