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Over $65,000 delivered to regional NSW Junior Sports Clubs

Media statement
Newcastle, Australia
23 September 2021


Another $65,000 of funding has been provided to junior sports organisations throughout the Hunter Region, thanks to the latest round of Glencore’s Junior Sports Development grants.

The program, which offers grants of up to $7,500, has seen 13 groups benefit from the round of funding, which takes Glencore’s contribution to junior sports groups in regional New South Wales to more than $240,000 over the past two COVID-affected years.

Glencore’s Community Relations Manager, Craig Strudwick, said the funding was particularly important given the unprecedented challenges these sporting clubs have faced as a result of COVID-19.

“Junior sport provides a wide range of benefits, such as physical activity, a sense of belonging for participants, and generally helping to create unity among communities, all of which has taken on new meaning as the pandemic continues,” Mr Strudwick said.

A junior Muswellbrook Polocrosse rider is ready to play.

“We’re delighted to be able to continue to play a part in helping junior sports groups continue to deliver those benefits across our regional communities.”

The funding from the latest round of grants has been utilised for a range of needs from new equipment, to instructor training and canteen upgrades.

Muswellbrook Polocrosse Club received almost $6,000 which enables the club to hold several training days after missing out on the 2020 seasons and playing less than half their matches in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jade Hooke, from Muswellbrook Polocrosse, said the grant would be used to try and keep children in the sport after missing out for the past two years.

“The grant allows us to give our kids free intensive coaching and keep kids in the sport,” Jade said.

“We’ve got two weekends, four days all up with the 20 kids, with a big range of kids from beginners through to state players.

“Glencore has been amazing supporting us over the years. We’re very thankful and appreciative.”

Throughout the Hunter, St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton received $7,500 for athletics equipment with a specific focus on high jump, Singleton Greyhounds Junior Rugby League Club secured $7,500 to renew their safety equipment and Muswellbrook Junior Rugby League Football Club are using the $4,752 they received to upgrade their canteen appliances.

Singleton PCYC has put their $3,750 towards coaches and instructor accreditation courses, while Singleton Netball Association’s $3,330.55 grant has gone towards the development of their junior umpires.

The next round of Junior Sports Development Grants will be held in March 2022.

Here is the full list of New South Wales Junior Sports Grant recipients.

Singleton Gymkhana Club


Muswellbrook Junior Rugby League Football Club


Singleton PCYC


Pacific Brook Christian School


Muswellbrook Polocrosse Club


Central Tablelands Branch Australian Stock Horse


Singleton Netball Association


St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton


Mudgee Amateur Swim Club


Mt Pleasant Primary School P&C Association


Muswellbrook Netball Association


Singleton Track and Field Club


Singleton Greyhounds Junior Rugby League Club



For further information, please contact:

Nathan Ryan
m: +61 487 549 843
e: Nathan Ryan


Notes for editors

About Glencore

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We employ 17,690 people in Australia and in 2020 contributed over $13.8 billion to the regional, state and national economies. The most significant contribution came from our core business activities: employing people, sourcing from local communities and paying taxes to host governments.

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