Funding cuts hit club
AS WINTER sports wind down and kids' thoughts turn to what they want to do over the summer months, Little Athletics clubs have been hit with an untimely state funding cutback.
Caboolture Little Athletics Club spokeswoman Karen Wolfenden said the government had been forced to review funding arrangements with amateur sporting bodies after last summer's spate of natural disasters left their coffers empty.
"Sporting bodies across the state have seen their funding reduced with senior and junior associations, once separately allocated, now being combined," she said.
"This has been forced upon us but at least with athletics, we have come to an equitable arrangement between the elite and junior bodies.
"Unfortunately this has been transferred for athletes to the state association having to raise fees at the same time we are trying to reduce childhood obesity and while families are already struggling with rising household costs.
"At a club level we have been able to keep fees the same as last year but state fees have increased by about four dollars.
"That still makes Little Athletics the most affordable junior sport available but for families with three or four children it's still an increased cost.
"I guess we won't know the full effect until about mid-September."
Caboolture Little Athletics Club provides young athletes from 4-17 years with track and field training and carnivals at Caboolture Sports Complex, Centenary Lakes.