Gloucester Thunderbolts and Stroud Seals accept funding through NSW government local sport grant program

The Stroud and Gloucester swimming clubs. Photos: supplied.
The Stroud and Gloucester swimming clubs. Photos: supplied.

Grassroots sports organisations in the Mid Coast area have shared in grants to purchase equipment, improve facilities or increase participation opportunities.

Stroud Seals Swim Club and Gloucester Thunderbolts Swimming Club have accepted grants through the NSW government's local sport grant program.

A total of $86,240 was provided to clubs across the Upper Hunter electorate. The Gloucester club received $5000 while the Stroud club received $4984.

It's good news for swimmers after the local season was called off prematurely due to the coronavirus crisis.

Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen said the grants will assist the clubs as COVID-19 restrictions slowly ease.

"Sport is a vital part of the fabric of the communities in our Upper Hunter electorate," Mr Johnsen said.

"Some organisations will buy uniforms for kids to relieve financial pressures on families whilst others will increase female participation and leadership in sport.

"People in the bush love sport and this money will be a massive boost for regional sporting organisations, which not only help our communities stay active and healthy but also perform a vital role keeping people connected.

"Women's sport has experienced enormous success and growth both on and off the field in recent years and we want that momentum to be revived after the worst of COVID-19 has passed."

Deputy premier John Barilaro said drought, bushfires and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have created significant uncertainty for sport across NSW.

"We are all looking forward to seeing community sport return to normal when it is safe to do so and this money will provide vital funds to help organisations be ready to resume as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted," Mr Barilaro said.