Tamworth Swans Australian Football Club has kicked their first major for 2019 before the season even gets underway, taking the major share of this month’s #GreaterNewEngland funding round.
For winning this month’s community vote, the Swans will receive $3,000 that will go directly towards supporting the club’s first women’s team.
Strong off-season recruiting, headed by Natalie Joice, has confirmed the Swans a start in the 2019 AFL North West women’s competition, and the funds will ensure they are well equipped and supported as they head into the season.
Swans’ President, Josh McKenzie, said while there has been interest in supporting a women’s team for some time they have struggled to attracted enough players; until this season.
“Natalie has done a fantastic job recruiting women from all walks of life and many other sports to ensure we get a women’s team on the park in 2019,” Josh said.
“With a new team comes more expenses for the club, particularly because the women will invariably play at different venues to the men. This means that apart from uniforms, we have to purchase more match day equipment to ensure our women are well supported.
“This funding from Greater Bank is an enormous help for our club and very much appreciated, particularly by all the women who will represent the Swans in 2019.”
Both runners-up for the February round, Services Hockey Club in Tamworth and Gunnedah Show Society will each receive a $1000 grant to go towards supporting operational costs.
Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Jennifer Smith, is thrilled to see the positive impact the program is having on community groups across New England.
“This monthly funding allocation offered through the # GreaterNewEngland program can make such an impact on community groups, particularly smaller ones that don’t attract a great deal of public attention and continually have to work hard to fundraise every year." | Jennifer Smith, Regional Manager
“We are delighted to provide this contribution, with the help of the voting community, and see the difference it is making for recipients.”
“The #GreaterNewEngland program is at the heart of who we are Greater Bank – an organisation that cares about and is committed to supporting the communities that support us.”
Voting for the March funding round is open now and closes on Wednesday, 27 March. In the running this month for a share in the $5000 is the New England Art Society, Armidale & New England Showgirl Competition, and CanAssist Gunnedah; a local charity supporting people being treated for cancer.
To submit your vote either go online to greater.com.au/greaternewengland or visit any Greater Bank branch. Collectively the effort you make to vote will mean a lot to the winning organisation in terms of the programs and services they are able to offer the community.
Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by visiting greater.com.au/greaternewengland or via social media by using the hashtag #GreaterNewEngland and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.