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Club’s funding to be a ‘game changer’

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Club’s funding to be a ‘game changer’

Coolum Beach Breakers Junior AFL will receive long-overdue changerooms, thanks to a $350,000 grant.

Club president Tyson Smalley says the state government funding will be a game changer for the Breakers.

“We are ecstatic to hear of our success for this grant,” Mr Smalley says.

“We’ve been in need of changerooms for a long time now and finally we’ll be able to provide a safe space for all our kids and opposing teams.

“This could not have come at a better time, considering the rapid growth in AFL, particularly female participation.

“We’re also grateful for the support we’ve received from Coolum State High to host us on their grounds and now, with this grant and the additional financial support from AFL Queensland ($150,000) and (Sunshine Coast) Council ($50,000), we can finally provide changerooms for our kids.”

Ninderry MP Dan Purdie says years of advocacy has finally paid off for the club, which has been ‘crying out’ for basic facilities to support its growing membership.  He says the club has experienced significant growth, particularly with the number of girls taking up the popular sport. The lack of amenities, including changerooms, was becoming a major frustration.

There are also plans for the club to upgrade its facilities further with the council and the state government to eventually deliver new multi-purpose fields at Coolum State High School that will also feature netball facilities.

“We’ve still got a long way to go to bring our facilities up to standard, but I am very confident Coolum’s sporting community will benefit greatly from the larger redevelopment that our local member is assisting with,” Mr Smalley says.

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