Community sport could yet be a winner in the match for increased funding as NSW Labor has pledged to increase Organisation Support Program (OSP) funding to $5 million in 2023/24 and $10 million in the following years.
A Sport NSW report in November 2022 found community sport organisations were stagnating at the same level of funding as they did in the year 2000 – a reduction of 67.1 per cent when adjusted for inflation.
Campbelltown MP Greg Warren said it was a big win for the passionate local sporting community in Campbelltown and the wider Macarthur region.
“Whether it’s the netball at Coronation Park, the rugby league at Waminda Oval, soccer at Lynwood Park or rugby union at Campbelltown Showground, there is so much support, passion and love for our local sport here in Campbelltown,” he said.
The OSP assists peak sporting bodies and identified organisations to build capacity, invest in governance processes and create and deliver sport and recreation activities as well as competitions at all levels in NSW.
“We saw during the COVID-19 lockdowns just how much the absence of community sport impacted people – particularly children,” Mr Warren said.
“This funding will help many organisations and ensure that community sport throughout NSW – and here in Campbelltown – can flourish.”