Community TAB of Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) has awarded Darlington Pony Club a $2000 grant as one of the first sporting clubs to receive a grants after the program was launched in November.
Out of over 200 sporting clubs from around WA who applied for a grant from Community TAB, Darlington Pony Club is one of two groups to receive a grant this month.
Darlington Pony Club President Lauren O’Neill said the grant provides Darlington Pony Club with the funds to improve the safety of young riders in their community.
“Gear checking workshops will be available to our members, local Pony Clubs and parents of children who ride, which will ensures local clubs have qualified Gear Checkers, but will also be an opportunity for parents to gain knowledge and confidence to ensure their children ride safely at home,” Ms O’Neill said.
“The grant will also provide funds for the club to run “Emergency First Aid for your Horse” workshop which will focus on what you can do in an emergency situation while waiting for the vet to arrive, providing the correct first aid can make a huge difference in the health outcomes for the horse and the resulting health of your bank account!
“Lastly, a portion of the funds will be used to hire a cross country course and a cross-country coach to run a clinic for our members (and possibly be made open to the community) for a training day.”
Ms O’Neill said Pony clubs promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship, loyalty and create strength of character, self-sport, health and well-being in the young people that participate in our activities.
Darlington Pony Club provides instruction in riding and horsemanship and educates members to look after and take proper care of their animals.
The Darlington Pony Club extended their sincere thanks and appreciation to the TAB for the support and the opportunities it will provide for their young riders, volunteers and the wider hills community.
Darlington Pony Club meets on the first Sunday of each month at the Parkerville Equestrian Centre between February and November, and always welcomes new members.
RWWA Chief Executive Officer Richard Burt said it is an exciting new initiative for Community TAB and a great opportunity for sporting clubs.
“We recognise the importance of grass roots sport throughout WA and understand that it takes time and resources to keep a club running within the community, so we are excited to be giving the opportunity to help relieve this burden on clubs,” Mr Burt said.
“RWWA has been supporting the WA sport and recreation industry for many years through providing over $30million of TAB turnover over 10 years to the Department of Sport and Recreation (DSR) and more recently through Community TAB sponsoring the WA Football League and WA Integrated Football Program.
“Community TAB has been giving back to the WA community since 2014 through major partnerships, state-wide fundraising programs and sponsorship of prestigious events.”
Community TAB will provide at least one grant each month to a sporting club to further their contribution to the sport and recreation industry in WA.
Once a club applies for a grant, the application will stay within the pool until the grant is awarded.
Sporting clubs can apply for a grant at communitytab.com.au. Terms and Conditions apply.