KERANG Little Athletics Centre has received a grant of over $4900 to buy new sports gear.
The centre in Kerang is one of around 100 across Australia to receive a sports grant to replace or expand its sports equipment.
Funds for the grants are raised through the sale of specially-marked chiller bags designed by Australian children. For every bag sold, 25 cents is directed to the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund to provide sport equipment grants.
Coles state general manager, Grant Shelton said Coles was delighted to provide grants to help the Little Athletics centres.
"Thanks to our customers who have bought our range of chiller bags at Coles stores, we are able to provide around $360,000 in grants for Little Athletics centres around Australia to help them purchase equipment to support activities such as high jump, discus, hurdles and the various running events," he said.
"The Kerang Little Athletics Centre told us they would like to receive a grant to buy hurdles and we were delighted to help because we know these are an essential part of Little Athletics to support young budding athletes."
Coles Little Athletics Australia chief executive officer, Martin Stillman said the grants were important for many centres which needed new equipment to continually provide a high quality and safe weekly experience.
"The response to the establishment of the Coles Little Athletics Fund has been fantastic, with applications flooding in from centres across Australia for the first round of funding. It shows that there's a real demand for new sports equipment in the local community," he said.