Local sports teams benefit from Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund
The latest funding round of the Sport New Zealand Rural Travel Fund has provided nine local sports teams with funding to help get players to games.
The Rural Travel Fund subsidises travel for junior teams participating in local sports competitions outside of school time. Stratford District Council is one of 35 territorial authorities eligible for rural travel funding because of the districts population density being less than 10 people per square kilometre.
Funding is available for people aged 5 to 19-years-old in:
- a school club team participating in local sport competition in weekends, that excludes inter-school and intra-school competitions played during school time and/or;
- a sports club team participating in organised sport competition through club membership outside of school time.
Stratford’s Sport New Zealand Community Sport Fund Committee determines the allocation of these funds for the Stratford district.
Committee Chair Councillor John Sandford says, “It’s important for young people living rurally to have the opportunity to participate in local sports competitions, and this fund helps achieve that.”
“This funding round we were able to provide assistance to a newly established rugby league club, Stratford Toa. It’s great to have more local clubs in the Stratford district encouraging young people into sport.”
“We encourage our sports clubs to continue to apply to these funding rounds for support towards their travel to keep our kids active,” said Councillor Sandford.
For more information on the fund and a list of this years successful applicants, visit our funding page.