Kempsey Saints Football Club has secured $150,000 in funding from the NSW government to deliver better community facilities.
Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, said that the Asian Cup Legacy Fund will improve facilities at the Eden St grounds.
“Last year, Kempsey Saints Football Club had its largest registration of 36 teams with nearly 400 players, and improving facilities will help to increase participation in football,” she said.
“In particular, the club has a growing number of female and indigenous players.”
The club will use the funding to upgrade lighting at Eden St Sporting Fields, increasing potential time for the club’s growing membership.
The booming popularity of football is already bringing communities together and now players at all levels again benefit from the success of the 2015 Asian Cup.
Through the allocation of surplus funding from the elite level Asian Cup in 2015 to community football, it ensures that we continue to see Australia succeeding on the international stage, while getting kids more active at the same time.
“Players, referees, coaches and administrators of all ages and abilities are set to benefit from the fund which will magnify the social, health, educational and cultural benefits our game brings to society,” Mrs Pavey said.
Kempsey Shire Council mayor Liz Campbell said the funding is fantastic news.
“Eden St lighting is one of the projects that we’ve talked about for a long time and we’re pleased it’s finally going ahead thanks to the application submitted by Kempsey Saints Football who are very proactive in developing and promoting their sport, and ensuring their club has the necessary facilities,” she said.
“This couldn’t have happened without the funding and support of the State Government, in particular, the representation of our local member, Melinda Pavey.”