Ryde Little Athletics Centre has received a $4,100 grant from Coles to buy brand new sports gear, thanks to funds raised through the sale of Coles’ Community Chiller Bags.
Since November 2018, Coles has provided more than $800,000 in grants for new sports equipment to 217 Little Athletics centres across Australia.
Funds for the grants are raised through the sale of specially-marked chiller bags – 25 cents from each sale is directed to the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund to provide sport equipment grants.
Coles State General Manager Emma Bridges is delighted the Community Fund program has helped centres such as Ryde.
“The Ryde Little Athletics Centre told us they would like to receive a grant for hurdles and we were delighted to help because we know these are an essential part of Little Athletics to support young budding athletes,” said Bridges.
Ryde Little Athletics Treasurer Melissa Chandler said the grant would make a considerable difference to the centre.
“We have a lot of old hurdles that are literally falling apart, and this grant will allow us to replace them in time for next season,” said Chandler.
“We also have local schools using our equipment for school carnivals, so the new hurdles from Coles will benefit not only Ryde’s Little Athletes, but the primary schoolkids in the area as well.”