Heavenly boost for Dubbo Demons AFL club

The work to make South Dubbo Oval a more professional sporting facility will continue thanks to a $15,000 grant announced by Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders.

Mr Saunders said the Dubbo Australian Football Club – better known as the Dubbo Demons – had secured funding through the Local Sport Grant Program to install two interchange coach benches and shelters at their home ground.

“Community sport is a crucial outlet for people in difficult times as it promotes both physical and mental wellbeing,” Mr Saunders said.

“But COVID-10 has taken that away from a lot of people for months now. That’s why I’m thrilled to be able to announce this funding for the Dubbo Demons, to provide a bit of a boost to the players.

“In the long term, I’m hopeful this funding will attract more people to the sport of AFL in Dubbo.”

The $4.6 million Local Sport Grant Program aims to increase regular and ongoing participation opportunities in sport and active recreation in NSW.

The Demons men’s and women’s sides both resumed small group training last week, in anticipation of adult community sport getting the go-ahead soon.

Dubbo Demons AFL Club president Joe Knagge said the funding built further on the $350,000 awarded by the NSW Government in 2018 for the development of the South Dubbo Oval amenities block.

“This grant will give South Dubbo Oval and the Dubbo Demons as a club a more professional look and I think it will attract more people up to watch the games, but also more people to play as well,” Mr Knagge said.

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