Who will be our next Local Sporting Champions?

Talented young athletes and teams are encouraged to apply for funding support to help them realise their sporting dreams and compete in a championship.

Talented young athletes and teams are encouraged to apply for funding support to help them realise their sporting dreams and compete in a championship.

Federal Member for Isaacs, Mark Dreyfus QC MP today encouraged parents, coaches and junior athletes to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant to help them meet the costs of their involvement in a sporting championship.

The Federal Labor Government's Local Sporting Champions program is aimed at helping our junior sport stars meet the costs of participation at eligible sporting competitions.

"Local junior athletes can apply for a grant to cover the cost of their travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment associated with participating in an eligible championship," said Mr. Dreyfus.

"The Federal Labor Government is committed to promoting participation in sport and providing support to boost our community sporting programs. The program is designed to support more families cover the costs of participating in sporting competitions and help our junior athletes and future Olympians."

"Individual athletes and teams who are participating in appropriately endorsed state school sport championships or international competitions are now also eligible to apply for funding."

The Federal Labor Government now provides $3.17 million in funding through the Local Sporting Champions program each year to support junior athletes perform at a championship level.

The Local Sporting Champions program offers grants of $500 for individuals and $3000 for teams and applications for round three close on 28 February, 2013.

For more information on the Local Sporting Champions program visit the Australian Sports Commission website: www.ausport.gov.au/champions.