Going into bat for sport clubs ‘hit for six’

WITH no canteens, barbecues, sponsorships or game day fees to help keep them going, local sporting associations and clubs have been hit for six by Covid-19.

However, Canterbury Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour has gone into bat for them with the council writing to the Premier and relevant Ministers to provide additional funding to support grassroots sport.
He recently met with a number of sporting groups and associations to hear of their concerns, to provide support where they can and give them a chance to come together.
“The message I heard was loud and clear; grassroots sporting associations and clubs are crying out for help,” he said. “Organisations that look after our netballers, footy players and many other sports and rely on funding by playing week-in-week out, are doing it tough.
“Many of the expenses remain while their revenue has evaporated.
“These groups should not be forgotten, and the burden should not rest solely with the thousands of volunteers.
“The last thing I would want is for mums and dads to pull their children out of sports because they were hit with higher fees or for these clubs to be but a memory on our recovery to the new normal.”