JULY 2014

Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club was recognised for its commitment to local sport, winning the Sport Award at the prestigious ClubsNSW Clubs & Community Awards on Friday May 9.

The Club beat three sports clubs to the top prize.

CHP RSL was acknowledged for its commitment to sustaining local sporting clubs and making a difference in the community at a grass-roots level.
In 2013, the Club’s support through the ClubGRANTS program provided over $200,000 to 20 local volunteer-based sporting organisations, with almost 10,000 registered players and over 800 volunteers.

The Club’s contribution to ClubGRANTS is assisting with the purchase of sporting equipment and jerseys, sports field maintenance, helping holiday sports clinics get underway and funding coaching programs and player scholarships. CHP RSL’s broader ClubGRANTS program has supported over 100 local organisations with almost $1m worth of funding in 2013/4, which is 20% of the Club’s annual profit.

Boosting sport participation: The Cooks River Sporting Alliance (CRSA) and Carnival of the Codes

The ClubsNSW Sport Award was also awarded in recognition of another grass-roots CHP RSL initiative, the Cooks River Sporting Alliance (CRSA). Made up of 15 local sports clubs, 15 local schools and 10 community groups, the CRSA was formed in 2013 in response to findings that local sporting clubs’ participation rates were in a state of decline.

CHP RSL consulted with the community to pinpoint innovative ways to reverse this trend, and to deliver valuable resources to ensure the health of local sporting programs.

The ‘Carnival of the Codes’ was another major activity that stemmed from the community engagement process. At the Carnival of the Codes, 800 children from 4 local primary schools enjoyed a taste of 6 winter sports over 2 days in February. The Carnival was hosted at Picken Oval in Croydon Park, the home ground of the Western Suburbs Magpies.

Summer Carnival of the Codes approaches

The next Carnival of the Codes, slated for late July, is anticipated to attract even bigger numbers from around 12 primary schools who are set to sample 4 summer sports: touch footy, basketball, cricket and Little Athletics.

Get involved

Please contact Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club Community Sports/ClubGRANTS Co-ordinator Paul Kougias on 0427 009 656 or email to find out more.

Pictured is CHP RSL President Neville Brown, Community Sports/ClubGRANTS Co-ordinator Paul Kougias, CHP RSL CEO Dean Thomas and ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball.

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