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Victorian Government announces funding support for Melbourne’s sports clubs and national sporting organisations

Victorian Government announces funding support for Melbourne’s sports clubs and national sporting organisations
September 2, 2020

Netball’s Melbourne Vixens, A-League club Western United and rugby league’s Melbourne Storm are among organisation that will benefit from of a Victorian Government initiative to ensure professional sporting outfits can endure the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The $9 million support package to ensure the short-term viability of professional clubs and national sporting organisations based in Victoria complements an earlier $40 million investment in community sport and recreation bodies, including clubs and leagues.

Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula today confirmed that 10 professional clubs had won grant support, also including the Melbourne Rebels (Super Rugby), Melbourne Aces (Australian Baseball League) and the Vixens’ cross-town rivals Collingwood Magpies Netball.

Elite basketball team Bendigo Spirit and Melbourne Boomers (WNBL) and Melbourne United and South East Melbourne Phoenix (NBL) will also benefit from the funding..

Some 20 peak bodies and other organisations were awarded support under the program including Basketball Australia, the National Basketball League, the Australia 3x3 Hustle, Snow Australia, Motorsport Australia, Gymnastics Australia, Tennis Australia, Cycling Australia and the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia.

National organisations for athletics, motorcycling, pony club, blind sports, bowls, netball, swimming, disabled wintersport, hockey, baseball and golf were also successful. These grants will help defray reduced income from sources including competitions and events, membership and sponsorship.

The professional sport and national sport organisation program is part of the Government’s $150 million Experience Economy Survival Package which was announced in May to help sport and racing organisations, community sport and the creative and tourism industries.

The sports sector is a key part of Victoria’s economy, employing more than 20,000 full-time-equivalent staff and making an annual economic contribution in excess of $4 billion.

Commenting on the funding, Minister Pakula advised “top-level sport has copped a buffeting like all parts of society and it’s important that our clubs and peak bodies are able to get through this time in relatively good shape.”

“Professional sport and elite competition provide entertainment and inspiration and fans getting the all-clear to return to the stands will be a significant part of our economic recovery.”

Image: A-League club Western United will receive backing from the package.

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