Bats, bibs and balls for Christmas

Sports clubs throughout Geraldton have received an early Christmas present thanks to the State Government’s equipment scheme which provides up to $500 for new gear.

Everything from referee jerseys to tennis nets have been purchased by clubs that received a grant under the Community Sporting Club Equipment Scheme.

The scheme, which started last year, gives regional and metropolitan sporting clubs around Western Australia a one-off $500 subsidy to spend on increasing or upgrading shared sporting equipment accessible to all club members.

Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney MLA said 12 clubs in the electorate were among the 402 clubs which received the grants.

The Geraldton-based clubs with their equipment funded under the scheme are:

  • Batavia United Football Club (Balls, training equipment (bibs, cones, goals), goalie gloves, uniform [with additional funding required])
  • Geraldton Bowling Club Inc. (Coach Training Kit which will be used also by club members)
  • Geraldton Harriers Club Inc. (Flag Markers for the safe marking of courses.)
  • Geraldton Little Athletics Centre (New discus', shotputs and turbo javelins)
  • Geraldton Internationals Rugby Union Club (New playing kit)
  • Geraldton Roller Derby League Inc. (cone markers, referee jerseys, helmet covers for game playand practice, agility ladder, bibs, storage bag for training equipment)
  • Geraldton Surf Life Saving Inc. (rescue tubes)
  • Spalding Park Tennis Club Inc. (Tennis balls/nets for upcoming season)
  • Tarcoola Park Tennis Club (tennis nets for junior and senior tennis)
  • Towns Cricket Club (Cricket Balls, Cricket Stumps, Boundary Markers)
  • Walkaway Pony Club Inc. (Quik release jump cups. new safety requirement)
  • Wonthella Bowling Club Inc. (Orbital Bowling Measure)

“In total,. $201,000 was awarded with 165 applications from regional WA and 237 in the metropolitan area. Subsidies for regional clubs are provided through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program,” Mr Blayney said. 

The scheme provides regional clubs with direct assistance to help with the cost of shared equipment. 

Administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation, the four-year scheme will grant $1 million to metropolitan clubs and $1 million to regional clubs. Applications for the next round open in March 2015.