Football-netball clubs battling financial pressure born from the COVID-19 pandemic have received welcome support after a donation covered administration costs for leagues in the region.
Mininera and District league and Western Victoria Female Football League clubs contribute to an annual shared $92,000 fee to AFL Western District, who oversees the administration of football and netball in the south-west region.
However, a donation from meat processing company The Midfield Group, has freed leagues of the expense.
The Hampden Football League, South West District League and Warrnambool and District League also contribute to the AFL Western District's administration fees.
In addition, a $6000 fund has been established to support junior players whose families have experienced financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Eligible juniors in AFL Western District-affiliated leagues will receive a $120 Sportspower voucher to help reduce gear costs.
AFL Western District commercial and operations manager Matt Ross said the donation would help clubs struggling as a result of the virus.
Football-netball clubs have lost traditional income sources - such as bar and gate takings - due the coronavirus shutdown.
"It's a cost point we've been able to eliminate which is a fantastic result," Ross said.
He said the junior grant wouldn't be a fix-all solution but hoped it would ease pressure on families.
"We just don't want to see any kids missing out on playing sport if money is an issue in buying boots, a mouthguard, shorts, or whatever it may be," Ross said.
"It's not the silver bullet that will fix everything but it's just a little contribution."
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