Sports leagues receive cash boost

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COMMUNITY sport across Greater Shepparton has received a boost thanks to grants from the Victorian Government aimed at helping local leagues and associations ride out the Coronavirus pandemic.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP, last week announced five sporting leagues and associations will share in $35,500 funding approved for the region from the government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Short-term Survival Package.

These grants will enable the following local leagues and organisations to meet fixed costs to ensure they can remain operationally viable.

  • $10K for the Goulburn Valley Football Umpires Association
  • $7500 for the Shepparton & Districts Junior Football Competition
  • $7500 for the Shepparton Junior Soccer Association Inc
  • $7500 for the Shepparton Netball Association
  • $3000 for the Goulburn Campaspe Junior Football League

President of the Goulburn Valley Football Umpires Association, Andrew Moore, said the much-needed funds would go towards covering costs around lighting and amenities at a time when revenue was well down.

“Our umpiring needs are down, from about 50 umpires normally to about 30 now. The money will go towards keeping the lights on at training and maintaining our facilities,” he said.

Mark Gepp MP, said the package was all about helping the competition and clubs keep their eyes towards a return to play”.