Lyndoch and Districts Athletics Club receive $1300 grant

Olympic champion Sally Pearson with youngsters from a range of Little Athletics clubs.
Olympic champion Sally Pearson with youngsters from a range of Little Athletics clubs.

Youngsters involved in Lyndoch and Districts Little Athletics are thrilled with the announcement of a grant this week of more than $1300 to help with the purchase of new sports equipment.

The funds are courtesy of retail giant Coles.

The Barossa based athletics club is just one of about 100 centres across Australia to receive a sports grant to replace or expand its sports equipment.

Funds were raised through the sale of specially-marked chiller bags designed by Aussie kids.

For every bag sold, 25 cents was directed to the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund to provide sport equipment grants.

The assistance helps with the purchase of sporting equipment for high jump, discus, hurdles and for running events.

“The Lyndoch and Districts Little Athletics Centre told us they would like to receive a grant to buy a starting system and we were delighted to help because we know this is an essential part of Little Athletics to support young budding athletes,” Coles state manager Sophie Wong explained.

In addition to the chiller bags, Coles sells Community Bags which help to raise funds for SecondBite, Guide Dogs Australia and Clean Up Australia.

Since June, the bags have raised enough funds to provide more than 800,000 meals through SecondBite, 100,000 pairs of kids gloves for Clean Up Australia, support to raise a litter of five Guide Dogs puppies as well as about 100 Little Athletics sports grants.

All Community Bags were designed by school children as part of a bag design competition.