Date: March 17, 2014
Author: Golf NSW

Getting back to your grassroots

Media Release – 17 March 2014 The Hon Gabrielle Upton MP, Minister for Sport and Recreation
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Gabrielle Upton, has announced over $3 million in funding for over 280 grassroots sports groups across NSW to help improve local sporting facilities and run programs designed to increase participation in sport and recreation. Minister Upton said As Minister for Sport and Recreation, I am passionate about encouraging more people of all ages, from all walks of life, to get active through sport. I have seen firsthand how modern facilities make sport more accessible which in turns encourages more people to get off the couch and get active, Ms Upton said. From two new cricket nets at Endeavour Oval in Orange through to Wheelchair Sports NSW s Starting to Roll Program this funding has the potential to cultivate the next generation of elite athletes and weekend sporting warriors. By improving the grassroots sporting facilities, the NSW Government is also helping to strengthen our local communities through sport. Minister Upton added the funding was part of the NSW Government s Participation and Facility Program which assists grassroots organisations improve local sporting facilities as well as encouraging people to get involved in recreational activities. Funding has focused on projects that will make community facilities safer, more accessible and environmentally sustainable. As well as programs to help get people active and overcome barriers such as financial costs or a disability that make it more difficult to get involved in sport, Ms Upton said. I would encourage sporting groups and councils who are considering improving local sporting facilities or starting a new program aimed at increasing participation to apply now for Round Two of the program before applications close on 2 April. For more information and to apply, visit or phone 13 13 02.