Lane Cove has a very high rate of volunteering, particularly when it comes to sporting clubs. Many of our sporting clubs lease premises from the Lane Cove Council, however they are responsible for the maintenance and upgrade of the facilities. This is expensive.
Case Example – Lane Cove Tennis Club
Lane Cove Tennis Club is located on Kenneth Street Longueville. They have a real focus on promoting junior tennis and offer financial assistance each year to 8 young tennis players. It’s part of their Jack Frazer Memorial Scholarship.
Last financial year the following maintenance was undertaken:
- Installed gutter Leaf screening/guard;
- Painted the club house exterior and tidied up some internal painting in the toilets, stairs and upstairs north windows;
- New custom-made change room storage benches/boxes installed to replace the old benches;
- Upgraded the change room hanging rails/hooks with new hooks and re-painted the rails;
- Repaired the clubhouse floor; timber sheeting was installed to level the clubhouse flooring, ready for new carpet;
- New carpet in clubhouse and vinyl in kitchen and stairs;
- General court repairs of seams etc; and
- Replaced upstairs east, west and south windows, and the double door .
For the next couple of years their focus is on maintaining the court surfaces until they are replaced. At this stage they are looking to replace them at the end of 2020. This is a very large cost. In the meantime, each January they have the synthetic grass serviced which involves removing loose debris, a Cylinder Brush Machine to penetrate and loosen the surface, and a Flat and Vacuum Machine to level and remove contaminates, then new sand is installed and levelled.
Case Example – Lane Cove 12ft Sailing Club
Each year the club’s learn to sail classes for children are very popular (as is the Greenwich Sailing Club’s learn to sail). You don’t need a boat, life jackets are provided and the kids love it. The club premises are maintained due to regular working bees by dedicated volunteers. Read about one of their most dedicated volunteers here.
We could list many more case examples of clubs upgrading and maintaining local sports facilities. All our sporting clubs rely on dedicated volunteers and work hard to maintain facilities. The Lane Cove Junior Rugby Union Club is currently working with the Lane Cove Council to upgrade Tantallon Oval which is used by the LCJRU, the Lane Cove Tigers Junior Rugby League Club, various football/soccer clubs and the Lane Cove Cricket Çlub.
Federal Government Grants for Sporting Clubs
The Federal Government has unveiled Sport 2030, a plan to reshape the face of Australian sport and build a healthier, more physically active nation.
In the announcement, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Sport, Minister for Rural Health and Minister for Regional Communications, said the plan will help to get more Australians more active, more often, drive sporting excellence and success, safeguard the integrity of sport, and strengthen the sports industry. Minister McKenzie said:
“Sport 2030 recognises sport plays a very significant role in Australia’s economy — from our biggest cities, to regional and remote communities —and we need to maximise these benefits. The Sport 2030 vision is for Australia to be the world’s most active and healthy sporting nation, known for its integrity and sporting success.”
As part of this programme, the Australian Sports Commission will be rebranded as Sport Australia and will drive the rollout of Sport 2030, maintaining a strong focus on sport and the sport sector, while working more broadly to get Australians moving.
Sport Australia will also play a key role in helping the Government to provide better access to sporting facilities through the Community Sport Infrastructure Grant Program announced in the 2018-19 Budget.
The program will provide grants of up to $500,000 for small to medium scale sporting infrastructure projects, encouraging greater community participation in sport and physical activity.
If your sporting club is interested in applying for a grant, the program guidelines are available on the Sport Australia website.
Lane Cove and Greenwich Sports Clubs
If you or your child would like to play sport in Lane Cove and Greenwich check out the list of sporting clubs in the Lane Cove Council area here.
If you are part of a local sports club, In The Cove lists all sports clubs details on our website free of charge and we promote registration days, events or fundraising activities free of charge. To find out more email us at [email protected]
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