Take a look at some of the Happy Highlights from our 2021 Footy Grant announcements!
In 2021, we allocated a total of $250,000 in grant funds supporting thousands of people keep their footy dreams alive.
Every grant recipient has their story. Here are some for 2021.
Carltons Senior Rugby League (NSW):
New canteen facilities for the fans
The Carlton Seniors Rugby Club are in desperate need of canteen facilities so they can host home games for their dedicated fans. Their St.George Footy Grant will be used to purchase new freezers, friers and have merchant terminals for faster service.
Cardiff Cobras Rugby League Football Club (NSW):
First-aid training for a safer club
The Cardiff Cobras have a proud history with passionate players and supporters, and they are home to one of the largest indigenous playing groups in the local community. Their St.George Footy Grant will assist in funding first-aid training courses for members and volunteers, so the club can continue to provide a safe playing environment for all.
Eglinton Eels Junior Rugby League Club (NSW):
Uniforms for new players
The Eglinton Eels are dedicated to growing grassroots rugby league participation in their local area, and over the next three years their dream is to continue expanding the club and attracting more players to the game. Their St.George Footy Grant will provide funding to purchase new uniforms for new players joining the club.
Greystanes Goannas (NSW):
New equipment for new recruits
The Greystanes Goannas are an Aussie Rules club based in the heartland of Rugby League and Football, and they are desperate to attract budding AFL footy players. The aim of the club is to develop young players and help them to dream big. Their St.George Footy Grant will assist in providing equipment and coaching resources to develop great players and great people.
Mudgee Junior Rugby League (NSW):
New cart to transport equipment
The Mudgee Junior Rugby League has a great crew of dedicated volunteers who make the games happen week-in, week-out. However, due to the club's location, these guys spend hours trudging back and forth to help set up and pack down events. This Footy Grant will be used to purchase a golf cart to save their tired legs.
Murrumbateman Eagles (NSW):
Home ground pitch improvements
The Murrumbateman Eagles use their multi-purpose local show ground as their home ground. Due to the quality of the pitch, many opposition teams don’t want to play there, meaning the club loses the opportunity to host important games for the club and community. Their St.George Footy Grant will provide much needed maintenance funds to improve the playing surface.
Pine Rivers Pumas Rugby Union Club (QLD):
New medical equipment and canteen appliances
The Pine Rivers Pumas just moved into their new clubhouse and wanted to kit out their new first aid room. Their St.George Footy Grant will help them fund new medical equipment and canteen appliances, to help them get ready for next season.
Southern Bay Cyclones Junior Rugby Union Club (QLD):
New fence for safer footy
The Southern Bay Cyclones currently train next to a main road, but there’s no fence along the boundary, which means the kids must cross the road to chase after the balls. Their St.George Footy Grant will provide funding to help install a fence and keep their players safe.
Victoria Point Sharks Junior AFC (QLD):
Breast protection is best protection
The Victoria Point Sharks are addressing an issue which is not widely spoken about in the footy community; reducing breast damage for young women playing the game they love. Their St.George Footy Grant will help them buy breast protection vests for all their female players to wear in practice and matchday.
Milton Ulladulla Junior Rugby League Club (NSW):
New uniforms for the junior girls teams
The Milton Ulladulla JRLC has been heavily affected by the bushfires and of course, COVID-19. Despite the challenges, they’re determined to help their club members enjoy the game they love and to grow their female participation. Their St.George Footy Grant will provide funding to purchase new uniforms for the junior girl’s teams, to build confidence and pride.
Carss Park Football Club (NSW):
New lighting for training after dark
Carss Park Football Club plays at a ground used by various sporting groups, including their Special Needs Program and the local district referees. The current lighting on the ground makes it difficult to train on those dark winter nights. Their St.George Footy Grant will cover part of the funds to upgrade the flood lights and help maximize their training.
Revesby Rovers Football Club (NSW):
Improved coaching for a growing team
The Revesby Rovers are a small club with a focus on female soccer. The number of participants has grown in recent years, to now having 86 players. Their St.George Footy Grant will provide them with the essential coaching they need to reach their full potential.