Griffith Panthers Junior Rugby League Club secure Australian Government funding

Griffith Panthers Junior Rugby League Club is among more than 20 local organisations across Riverina to receive funding from the Australian Government.

Joe Sergi from the Panthers said it was welcome funding for the club.

“It helps us out a lot,” he said.

“It's broken up into five different categories such as coaching courses and nowadays everyone has to be qualified for everything which can be a bit of a drain.”

The club has received $5000 worth of funding which will help cover the cost of computer-office needs, help with the cost of travel and fuel as well as first aid training and equipment.

“ Melissa, our secretary, put in for it and said I put in for a grant, but I don't think we are going to get it,” he said.

“We were surprised when we got the phone call.

“I'm pleased to see the government people taking a bit of interest in the sport as a whole.”

The funding will go a long way to help the club which often subsidises playing fees for those less fortunate.

“We also have a lot of underprivileged kids come to play for us,” he said.

“we aren't hard and fast about the subs so if a kid can't afford the $50 we allow them to have a bit of leeway.”

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said she was happy to be able to help organisations such as this one in her local area.

“In the big scheme of things isn't a huge amount of money but it really does go a long way,” she said.