Lots of bread in sports grant

THE AFL North Coast's umpires are celebrating this week after being named one of 60 national winners of a $2500 Top Sports Club Grant courtesy of Bakers Delight.

The Top Sports Club Grants program was launched earlier this year by Bakers Delight to provide much-needed funding to grassroots sporting groups around the country and demonstrate its commitment to helping communities live active and healthy lifestyles.

The AFL North Coast umpires winning entry was drawn at random from a national pool of over 31,000 entries and was placed at Bakers Delight Toormina by experienced umpire and mad Collingwood supporter Scott Bellamy.

AFL North Coast Umpires president Rod McPherson was overjoyed when he was told the club had won a $2500 Top Sports Grant.

“We are incredibly excited about the grant and the possibilities it represents for our members,” he said.

“Bakers Delight are doing a great job providing groups like ours with the support needed to keep youngsters engaged in a fit and healthy lifestyle.”

Clinton Sloan, owner of Bakers Delight Toormina has the honour of presenting a cheque for $2500 to the club and is delighted to have collected the winning nomination.

“We are thrilled that the winning nomination was placed in our bakery. It's a fantastic feeling to know that we have positively contributed to the local community by providing essential financial support to the AFL North Coast Umpires,” he said.

“We actively support sporting clubs in our local community to help nurture their members.

“Our next generation of Australian sporting sensations could very well come from Toormina.”

Bakers Delight's Top Sports program ran from January to August 2008 and was supported by Australian sporting legend, Andrew Gaze.

The program has seen Bakers Delight invest $250,000 in grassroots sports across Australia throughout the year and will kick off with a new round of nominations in 2009.

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