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Greater New England January funding benefits Tamworth Roosters AFL

Know of a New England organisation that could do with a much-needed financial boost? Nominate them to be a part of our #GreaterNewEngland funding round today, and they could be sharing in $5,000 thanks to Greater Bank!
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The Tamworth Roosters AFL have started the year on a high after taking out the major share of this month’s #GreaterNewEngland funding round which has provided $200,000 in funding to the region since 2016.

For winning this month’s community vote, the Tamworth Roosters AFL will receive $3,000 that will go directly towards upgrading their training facilities in the hope of attracting new players.

As a relatively new sport for the Tamworth region, the Roosters have added an Under 14’s team to their existing Under 17’s side and hope to increase their membership to at least 50 members this year.

According to Tamworth Roosters AFL Coach, Greg Vallender, winning this month’s funding round means the club can give more local kids the chance to experience AFL firsthand.

“As a developing sport in the region, this much-needed funding from the Greater will enable us to upgrade our training facilities including the purchase of new training equipment such as footballs and tackling bags,” Greg said.

“We will also be able to subsidize travel costs for our players to travel to away games which are often held at least two to three hours away. This means we can keep costs affordable for those who are doing it tough as a result of the drought.”

“We are extremely grateful for this funding from Greater Bank which is an enormous help for the club and gives us a big advantage for the upcoming season by helping improve the skills set of our players.”

Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Jennifer Smith, is thrilled that the program has provided $200,000 in funding to a huge range of community groups across the Greater New England region.

“Supporting the communities that support us is fundamental to our business and the #GreaterNewEngland program is a wonderful representation of this philosophy,” | Jennifer Smith, Greater Bank Regional Manager.

“Since 2016 we have been providing these relatively small but significant funding contributions to a wide range of beneficiaries, such as sporting clubs, schools, health and community support groups, as well as arts and cultural groups.”

“Organisations like the Tamworth Roosters AFL give so much back to their communities and this is a wonderful opportunity for Greater Bank to return the favour and say thank you." 

Both runners-up for the January round, Gunnedah Rugby Club and Curlewis CWA will each receive a $1,000 grant.

The #GreaterNewEngland program continues in February, with voting open now and closing on Wednesday, 26 February 2020. Vying for their share in $5,000 will be South West Robins, Gunnedah Junior Soccer Canteen and Oxley High School Robotics.

To submit your vote, either go online to 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 visit and tell us in 100 words or less how their organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.