NAPTHINE DROPS THE BALL ON FUNDING FOR LOCAL SOCCER CLUBS

The Napthine Government has cut tens of millions of dollars from community sport programs, including much needed support for local soccer clubs, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Ms Graley said that the Napthine Government had slashed over $35 million from the Sport and Recreation Budget, cut the Extending Support for Soccer program and reduced funding available to local soccer clubs to upgrade their facilities.

“Local soccer clubs looking to upgrade or build new facilities to attract new players and supporters will now find themselves facing a much more difficult task,”

“In fact, the only specific funding available for soccer clubs is through the Community Facility Funding Program which has had its funding savagely cut by almost 30 per cent,”

“This is a kick in the guts to the members and volunteers who work tirelessly to support these clubs that play such an important role in the local community.”

Ms Graley said that our sporting clubs are the heart and soul of the growing local community and deserved to be supported.

“The Napthine Government has already failed to provide much needed investment in schools, roads and hospitals for the fast growing outer suburbs,”

“Young families are moving into ever growing new estates and the demand for new sports clubs and facilities continues to grow,”

“Yet Mr Napthine has slashed funding that will leave many clubs struggling to survive, let alone secure funding for much needed new facilities,”

 “The Napthine Government has well and truly dropped the ball and our local soccer clubs will be the ones to suffer.”