Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has announced four local hockey clubs have each been awarded a $500 Bligh Government Positive or It’s Pointless equipment grant for being a good sport.
“Hockey Queensland has received the funding to purchase training and playing equipment for the Remote and Indigenous Hockey programs at Babinda, Innisfail, Yarrabah, and Gordonvale,” Mr Pitt said.
“The clubs received the grant simply by signing up to the campaign.
“At the end of the day, sport should be fun for all involved, and children should be able to kick a ball around and enjoy their soccer free from negative behaviour.
“I commend the club for signing up to the Positive or It’s Pointless campaign, which is all about blowing the whistle on poor player and spectator behaviour at junior matches.
“By building a positive culture at all junior clubs, the campaign hopes to replace negative features such as player violence, abuse of referees and the ‘ugly parent’.
“This equipment grant is great news for our local sporting clubs and an opportunity for them to spread the Positive or It’s Pointless message.”
Mr Pitt said clubs who sign up to the campaign can receive grants of up to $2000, depending on the number of club members.
“Clubs with under 100 members may be eligible for $500, 100-200 members $1000, and clubs with more than 200 members can apply for grants of up to $2000 to purchase equipment,” Mr Pitt said.
“However clubs have until 31 December 2011 to apply for these grants.
“The Positive or It’s Pointless campaign promotes the principles of integrity, respect and fun to encourage both players and spectators to be good sports in an environment free of harassment or discrimination.”
Five ambassadors, who believe strongly in the campaign, will help deliver the positive message.
• Queensland Reds and Wallabies player Will Genia
• Brisbane Roar’s Shane Stefanutto
• Brisbane Lion’s mid-fielder Luke Power
• Rugby league champion Cameron Smith
• Queensland Firebirds champion Laura Geitz
“They serve as true role models to young sportsmen and women, and represent a united approach in saying if it’s not POSITIVE, it’s POINTLESS,” Mr Pitt said.
For more information: www.sportrec.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 656 191.