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Inner Sydney organisations share in $400,000 women in sports leadership grants.

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MARISE PAYNE Senator for New South Wales

Inner Sydney organisations share in $400,000 women in sports leadership grants 3 November 2006

Liberal Senator for New South Wales, Marise Payne, today congratulated sporting organisations from inner Sydney who will share in $400,000 as part of the Australian Government's Sports Leadership Grants for Women program.

The Australian Government's Sports Leadership Grants for Women creates opportunities for women to further professional development and leadership opportunities in sports coaching, officiating, governance and management.

Senator Payne said the grants scheme recognises that Australian sport stands to benefit from a greater number of women in leadership and decision-making roles.

"The grants scheme provides chances for women to pursue accredited training in key areas of Australian sport including high performance coaching, officiating and management; key areas where women tend to be under-represented," Senator Payne said.

• The Football Federation of Australia will receive $5800 for coach development training for identified national players;

• The National Aboriginal Sports Corporation Australia will receive a grant of $5786 for company director training;

• Special Olympics Australia will benefit from a $5000 grant for leadership and communication training for its committee members;

• Womensport and Recreation NSW will receive $2500 for a media education course on women in sport; and

• Table Tennis NSW will receive a grant of $2000 for coaching training.

Over the last four years more than 11,000 women from across Australia have benefited from grants worth more than $1.2 million, to develop women's sport leadership skills and training.

The Australian Government remains committed to improving the involvement of women across all levels of Australian sport through its policy: Building Australian Communities Through Sport.

Grants are made available in five key areas: high performance coaching and officiating; Indigenous women in rural and remote communities; women in disability sport; women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and women in general sport leadership.

Funding of up to $5,000 is available to successful individual applicants and up to $10,000 for approved organisations.

For more details about the grants go to: