Football Tasmania’s submission for more state government funds will be considered under the normal budget process, Sport and Recreation Minister Jane Howlett has said.
He said while other sports were experiencing a decline in participation, Football Tasmania’s biggest challenge was dealing with the growth in demand to play soccer.
“We believe these asks are reasonably modest when you take into account football’s position as the most played sport in Tasmania and the resulting community and economic benefit the world game already brings to the state,” Mr Bulkeley said.
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Ms Howlett said the government was a strong supporter of soccer in Tasmania and provided $1.2 million in funding across four years to Football Federation Tasmania in the 2017-18 budget.
“That’s in addition to our ongoing funding commitment of $50,000 per year, and this significant investment will support grassroots football development and the men’s and women’s talent support programs,” she said.
“Football Tasmania also received funding of $150,000 through the COVID-19 Sport and Recreation Grants Program tranche one to assist with the salary costs of 15 of its staff.”
Ms Howlett said sporting clubs could also be supported through the Improving the Playing the Field Fund grants.