Narromine Netball Club players will hit the court next month, and will do so at a minimal cost thanks to funding secured by Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders.
The club successfully applied for $5000 through the Local Sports Grants Program, with the aim of reducing costs to players at a time when things are tough.
The club will compete in a shortened post-COVID competition, and Mr Saunders said he is pleased to be able to assist with ensuring the viability of the Narromine club.
“Our region has battled through so much when it comes to drought and COVID-19, and unfortunately that has meant that people have had to sacrifice things they would normally have done, including sport,” Mr Saunders said.
“We all know the physical and mental health benefits that come from being active and being involved in team environments, and I am pleased to hear that there will be a netball season in 2020, albeit a shorter one.
“I am also pleased that Narromine will be able to offer subsidised fees for players that will mean more players will still be able to get out on court.”
Narromine Netball Club president Mel Ward said the funding had come at just the right time.
“When we applied we had battled through three years of drought, and then coronavirus came along,” she said. “This funding, combined with the Active Kids vouchers, will mean that our juniors’ fees will basically be cut back to nothing, while senior fees will be drastically reduced.”