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Thursday, 18 June 2020
Volunteers from the Burwood Football Club have received $2,800 through the Morrison Government’s Volunteer Grants.

Member for Reid, Dr Fiona Martin MP, is glad that local grass-roots sporting clubs are being supported through federal funding.

“Local sporting teams like the Burwood Football Club encourage people to get active and form friendships through sport,” Dr Martin said. “Volunteers are the driving force behind these sporting groups, making sure that training and competitions run smoothly.”

Dr Martin is the daughter of George Barbouttis who played for Pan Hellenic, now Sydney Olympic, and was a member of the Australia national football team squad in the early 1970s.

“I grew up watching soccer every weekend and some weeknights. It’s a great team sport to bring the community together,” Dr Martin said.

The Volunteer Grant funding will cover the travel costs associated with the Burwood Football Club’s 2020 season, which will resume now that social distancing restrictions have eased for community sport.

Club President, Mr Andrew McVeigh, says that the grant will make a big difference for the volunteers.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of a grass-roots football club. Due to their ongoing connection and passion for the club, they quite often spend a fair amount of their own funds supporting the club and getting the work done to keep the club operating,” Mr McVeigh said.

“If they move out of area, they will often maintain that connection and the travel costs become considerable. Grants like this to reimburse those costs help to keep volunteers on board and involved in the club.”

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