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Ballarat’s Competition Supported

Umpire Ben Rofe, umpire Claudia Hardiman, Chair of BFUA Board Justin Davey. Photo submitted.

Community sport in Ballarat has been given a boost with support from the Victorian Government aimed at helping local leagues and associations ride out the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and come back ready to play.

Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle and Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison have announced $76,000 in grants for local sporting associations from the Victorian Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package.

This will help ten local sporting associations meet fixed costs to ensure they can remain operationally viable and provide a valuable boost for their clubs and membership.
It will also help them safely operate and reactivate at the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chair of the Ballarat Football Umpires Association (BFUA) Justin Davey said they were very appreciative of the support offered, and that 2020 had been a particularly difficult year for the association.

“Whilst we are a tight-knit group, we are concerned at the potential impact of 12 months out of football on our membership” he said. “Following virtually no revenue in 2020, this money will enable us to bounce back, focusing on recruitment and retention of umpires moving into 2021. A strong umpiring association will be a key aspect of the rebounding of football in the region.”

The Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package is rolling out grants in four categories: grants of up to $350,000 for large state sporting associations; grants of up to $200,000 to smaller state sporting associations, regional sports assemblies and academies and other state sport and recreational bodies; grants of up to $15,000 for associations and leagues; and grants of $1,000 for individual clubs.

There are now 200 local leagues and associations across the state who have scored a share in more than $1.4 million thanks to the Victorian Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package.

The grants are part of the Government’s strong investment in supporting community sport and active recreation in these challenging times.

The Victorian Government is also investing $68 million in shovel-ready community sport and active recreation infrastructure projects across the state, to stimulate jobs and economic activity, and deliver fantastic new projects to local communities as part of the new $2.7 Building Works package.

“Ensuring our community sport and active recreation organisations survive this crisis and come back better than ever is critical to our economic and social recovery, and to Ballarat’s physical and mental wellbeing,” Ms Addison said.

Grants were received by:
AFL Goldfields $10,000.00
Ballarat and District Soccer Association Inc $5,625.00
Ballarat Badminton Association Inc $7,500.00
Ballarat Football Netball League $6,500.00
Ballarat Football Umpires Association $7,500.00
Ballarat Table Tennis Association $7,500.00
Ballarat Volleyball Association $6,665.00
Midlands District Amateur Swimming Association $7,500.00
Goldfields and District Lacrosse League $7,500.00
Central Highlands Football league $10,000.00

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