Travel Grant Helping Local Rugby Player Excel:

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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Markis Atoa

Grassroots sports clubs in the Broadmeadows community have been given support from the Andrews Labor Government to take their skills to the next level.

Member for Broadmeadows, Frank McGuire, has announced that the Northern Thunder Rugby League Club would share in $275,000 from the latest round of the Labor Government’s 2018/2019 Athlete Pathway Travel Grant Program.

The program helps aspiring Victorian athletes, teams, coaches and officials realise their sporting potential through grants that assist with travel and accommodation costs.

This round will provide support to 178 recipients across Victoria.

The Northern Thunder Rugby League Club will receive funding to enable Markis Atoa from the under 15 boys team to travel to Mackay in Queensland to compete in the Victorian U15’s Australian Schoolboys’ Rugby League finals.

The Athlete Pathway Travel Grant Program is a great way to help young athletes go from community sport to representative level – it’s helping our future champions reach their goal”, Mr McGuire said.

“We don’t want geography or financial restrictions to stop talented athletes from reaching their full potential and competing at the top level.”

The Athlete Pathway Travel Grant Program recognises that in a country as large as Australia, athletes often have to travel significant distances, often at significant cost, to pursue their sporting dreams.

There are two categories of grants:

  • state sporting associations can apply for grants of up to $6,000 for teams or up to $2,000 for individuals to travel to compete at national championships or trials;
  • community sport and recreation organisations can apply for grants of up to $750 to help with travel and accommodation costs related to competition or training for athletes, teams, coaches and officials.

For further information on the awards visit:

The Labor Government is delivering the biggest investment in community sport in Victoria’s history to ensure that people all over Victoria have everything they need to enjoy the sports they love.

Across Victoria we’ve already invested $420 million in community sport and recreation facilities, and added almost half a billion dollars in the Victorian Budget 201820/19 to support sport at all levels.

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