An unprecedented number of South Australian sporting organisations have been successful in applying for their share of $2.49 million as part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s Active Club Program (ACP) ‘Club Reboot Round’.

The program was re-profiled to provide support to as many clubs as possible following the COVID-19 pandemic.

A record 1,236 sporting organisations from all corners of the state will receive between $1,000 and $3,000 in funding to assist with program, equipment, professional development and COVID specific costs including hygiene products and the purchase of digital equipment to enable remote meetings.

In another first, all eligible organisations that applied will receive funding ensuring as many clubs as possible are able to access the support they need.

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, Corey Wingard, said the interest in the program shows just how tough sporting clubs have found 2020.

“Previously this program has received a maximum of 697 applications but this year, because of COVID that number increased substantially,” Minister Wingard said.

“Maximising the number of recipients is part of the Marshall Government’s strategic Game On framework, which aims to get South Australians more active more often which we know is vital to health and wellbeing.

Adelaide Harriers Little Athletics Centre Vice-President Fran Marsh says the grant has come at a very welcome time.

“The funding makes a huge difference,” Ms Marsh says.

“It will really help Adelaide Harriers to deliver our programs each week, and will enable us to encourage even more kids and their families to give athletics a go and be active and have fun in the outdoors.

“Athletics is a low-fee family sport run by hardworking volunteers so every dollar counts – this grant will go a long way.”

Since 1996 the Active Club Program has provided more than $47 million in funding through more than 10,000 grants to local community organisations.

The Marshall Government has already provided over $21 million to support the sport and recreation sector through the COVID-19 pandemic.