Boost for Pirie soccer rooms

GRANT: Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey stands with the Port Pirie Junior Soccer Association’s vice chair Kellie Higginbottom at the Senate Road club house. Image provided.
GRANT: Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey stands with the Port Pirie Junior Soccer Association’s vice chair Kellie Higginbottom at the Senate Road club house. Image provided.

In preparation for the South Australian Country Championships in September the Port Pirie Junior Soccer Association (PPJSA) have been granted $10,000 through round four of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities program. 

The funding will be used to address lead contamination issues and also see a repair and repaint to the ceilings. 

Federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey says that he struggled to think of a more worthy project to receive funding. 

“The association has a huge year ahead preparing for the South Australia Country Championships. Winning the right to host this tournament is a huge achievement for the association and for Port Pirie. It will bring hundreds of players and parents to the city”, Mr Ramsey said. 

Winning the right to host this tournament is a huge achievement for the association and for Port Pirie. It will bring hundreds of players and parents to the city.

Rowan Ramsey MP

The grant funding was welcome news for the Port Pirie Junior Soccer Association, especially as they head towards the country championships. 

The association’s vice chair Kellie Higginbottom explained that thousands of children from across the region find their feet at the Senate Road complex and they are thankful for the recognition this government funding has given their volunteers. 

“It is in their best interest that the PPJSA volunteers work to provide the safest environment possible but while the building itself has been maintained over the years, inspection at the end of the season revealed works PPJSA felt needed addressing with priority”, Kellie said. 

“So securing the Stronger Communities Grant, with thanks to the Federal member for Grey Rowan Ramsey and his dedicated team, will help enable this great outcome for the local community and broader football family.” 

The Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Program offers grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 for small capital projects.