Funding for sporting associations

The State Government is funding programs, which encourage wider participation in sport.

SEVEN Western Australian sporting associations have received funding to create programs which will help low participation groups get active.


Under the State Government’s latest round of the Inclusive Sports Funding Scheme, badminton, judo, karate, volleyball, swimming, tenpin bowling and wrestling will receive $150,000 a year over the next two years to implement programs which encourage wider participation.


Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the State Government had invested $1.23 million into sports through this scheme.


“Low participation groups like culturally and linguistically diverse people, Aboriginal people and those with disability are typically under-represented in mainstream sports,” she said.


“This scheme is an opportunity for state sporting associations to understand the needs of these groups as well as providing opportunities for participation.

“It’s a chance for sports to expand their membership and give groups which might not have otherwise had the opportunity to participate in sports like volleyball and judo to do so.


“As well as giving grants to state sporting associations to run inclusive community programs, the scheme is designed to help them enhance their capacity to deliver such programs and embed them as part of their general operations.


“Playing sport is something everyone should be able to do and programs like these make sure a wide diversity of West Australians are able to do that.


“Inclusive sports funding is invaluable because we know that children and adults who are physically active are more mentally healthy.

For example, this funding has recently given a group of Aboriginal people the opportunity to try lawn bowls for the first time and encourage them to take steps towards being more active.”