Upper Hunter sports organisations have shared in $4.6 million of state government grants

Upper Hunter sports organisations have shared in $4.6 million of grants to purchase equipment, improve facilities and increase participation opportunities.

Singleton Netball Association will receive $5,000 in a state government grant.

Singleton Netball Association will receive $5,000 in a state government grant.

Local member Michael Johnsen said the grants would assist local sporting organisations 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.

"These grants, which total $86,240 for our Upper Hunter electorate, will provide essential funds to help our local organisations increase participation as we slowly ease restrictions and will benefit our community in the long run."

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

Sporting Organisations

Denman Little Athletics: $15,000.00

Scone Gymnastics Club:$4,000.00

Scone Basketball Association: $6,000.00

Scone Touch Football Association: $1,900.00

Merriwa Swimming Club: $3,500.00

Merriwa Tennis Club: $3,000.00

Singleton Netball Association:$5,000.00

Singelton Junior Touch: $4,000.00

Singleton Golf Club: $3,470.00

Mr Johnsen continued, saying the Local Sport Grants Program awards sporting organisations up to $20,000 for projects which focus on development and participation, access and facility development.

"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," Mr Johnsen said.

"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.

"During this time the Nationals in Government remain committed to supporting all the facets of our communities in rural and regional NSW, and sport will continue to play an important part moving forward," Mr Johnsen concluded.

SCONE GYMNASTS: May 2019 Chelsey Woodley, Lily Stevens, Olivia Turner, Tamika Roberts, Ruby Brochtrup, Isla Warden, Tyler Johnson, Ash Wright, Riana Tillemans, Isabella Henderson, Alexa Moberget, Bridget Moberget and Harmony White.

SCONE GYMNASTS: May 2019 Chelsey Woodley, Lily Stevens, Olivia Turner, Tamika Roberts, Ruby Brochtrup, Isla Warden, Tyler Johnson, Ash Wright, Riana Tillemans, Isabella Henderson, Alexa Moberget, Bridget Moberget and Harmony White.