Community TAB of Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) has awarded Port Hedland Rovers Football Club a $4000 grant as one of the first sporting clubs to receive a grant after the program was launched in November.
Out of over 100 sporting clubs from around WA who applied for a grant from Community TAB, Port Hedland Rovers Football Club is one of two groups to receive a grant this month.
Club Vice President Rob O’Driscoll who applied for the grant on behalf of the club said the grant will help promote football in Port Hedland and in outlying indigenous communities which support their
“The club is stoked to be awarded this grant by the TAB. The footy club heading to Yandeyarra community on the 11th March to run a football clinic and have a BBQ to foster the relationship that we have built over the last couple of seasons,” Mr O’Driscoll said.
“We hope to promote football in these remote communities from this hopefully seeing these kids in Rovers jumpers in years to come, and this grant will help purchase equipment such as footballs, football boots, football jumpers/shorts/socks not commonly found in these remote communities.
“Rovers Football Club is a family club celebrating its 51st year of existence which has been very lucky to enjoy a great amount off success over the years and a lot of this success is credited to the community which is created when people from all different walks of life come together for a common goal.
“The footy club is very conscious of its standing in the community and aims to be a place where people of all walks of life feel welcome, and on conjunction with this since 2013 the club has raised and donated over $65,000 for charity.”
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 www.communitytab.com.au. Terms and Conditions apply.