Media Release - Women's Sport the Focus of $10M Grants

The Hon Paul Toole MP

Member for Bathurst Electorate

4th September 2017


Hundreds of local sports clubs and sports organisations across the State are set to benefit from more than $10 million worth of grants announced today, with a focus this year on encouraging more female athletes into sport programs.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the grants were fantastic news for many budding athletes and sports women across the Bathurst Electorate.

“One third of girls aged between five and eight years of age participate in organised sport outside of school hours, and between the ages of 15 and 17, the participation rate for females is 8 per cent less than the overall state average,” Mr Toole said.

“We know our younger athletes are more likely to continue sport if it is taken up at an early age, which makes this the perfect time for local sports groups to boost their female sport programs.

“Women’s sport is the fastest growing area of many codes and we are now seeing more big name sponsors and media networks recognising the public’s appetite for prime time viewing, but more needs to be done, including cultivating participation at a grass roots
level,” Mr Toole said.

From today thousands of local clubs and organisations can apply for NSW Government grants of up to $20,000 under the Local Sport Grant Program and $50,000 under the Sport Development Grant Program. The grants will cover initiatives such as new sport
programs, community and nationwide events, facility upgrades or projects that improve participation in sport.

“From the bush to the city, sport is the lifeblood that unites communities. This is not just about female programs though, I encourage all sporting groups to apply for grants that will help people of all ages and abilities get involved in their local club or become more
active,” Mr Toole said.

Grants are open from today until 6 October 2017. For more information visit or phone 13 13 02.


Local Member for Bathurst Paul Toole with Collette Lyons, local state swimming representative, who is just one of many female sporting talents we have here in the Bathurst Electorate.

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