As part of Telstra’s sponsorship of Football Federation Australia, the Telstra Assistance Fund is designed to supply football clubs in Australia with essential equipment, such as coaching supplies, balls, portable goals and marker cones.
The Telstra Assistance Fund has already contributed over $5 million worth of sporting equipment to more than 4000 sports and community clubs nationally in the past six years. Last year saw record applications to the TAF, with 598 football clubs successful in receiving equipment grants.
Socceroos star John Aloisi said the Telstra Assistance Fund continues to bring considerable benefits to local football clubs across Australia.
?This is a fantastic initiative providing grassroots football clubs with essential equipment and resources to help promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage participation. I urge all clubs, including those who have applied in the past, to apply for the chance to receive assistance through the program,? Mr Aloisi said.
?Our local football clubs play a critical role in the early stages of player development and programs like the Telstra Assistance Fund help support the growth of football in this country.?
Telstra aims to provide a significant contribution to Australian football clubs at a grassroots level through the Telstra Assistance Fund. This year, the fund covers AFL, football (soccer), swimming, rugby league and surf life saving.
Football clubs can find more information about the 2008 Telstra Assistance Fund and apply online at www.beinvolved.telstra.com.
Clubs who have registered for the fund in previous years are also eligible to apply again for assistance. Applications are open until Monday 30 June 2008.