Hundreds of Clutha kids get a helping hand to play sport
Hundreds of Clutha kids will have help to participate in sport this year, with grants made to 15 schools and clubs across the Clutha District.
A record $32,000 has been allocated from the Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund in 2023 to help subsidise travel costs for youth teams (5-19 years).
Chair of the Council’s Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Allocation Committee, John Herbert says “The Clutha District is a large, rural area which means sports teams often have to travel some distance for local competitions and this can be a barrier, especially for youth. The purpose of this fund is to make sport accessible to young people by making it affordable for everyone.”
“This fund helps get so many kids into sports locally, this year we’ve been particularly lucky as we’ve been able to allocate more funding than usual, which means we’re helping more kids.”
The Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund has been offered in the Clutha District for 19 years.
The latest round of funding is made up of a $9,500 contribution from Clutha District Council and $16,150 from Sport New Zealand. For the first time, the Community Trust of Otago has also contributed to this fund, committing $10,000 a year going forward.
2023 Sport NZ Rural Travel Fund Clutha District recipients
Blue Mountain College netball
Catlins Area School
Clutha District Hockey committee
Clutha United Swimming Club
Clutha Valley Primary School
Lawrence Area School
Lawrence Netball Club
Milton Primary School
South Otago High School
South Otago Sharks
St Mary’s School
Tapanui Tennis Club
Tokomairiro High School
Waiwera South Primary School
West Otago Secondary School Rugby