Home game advantage

The Irishtown Football Club is able to purchase brand new game day balls thanks to a Holden Home Ground Advantage grant presented to president John Coates by Holden Motors Burnie’s Rodney Votavota on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Alyssia Coates.

Equipment. Irishtown Football Club has received a Holden Home Ground Advantage grant to purchase fresh game day footballs.

The $2500 grant was presented to the club at the Smithton Recreation Ground on Saturday before Irishtown and Scotchtown met in a Circular Head Football Association clash.

Holden Motors Burnie new car sales manager Rodney Votavota was in Smithton to present the cheque.

“I was happy to make the visit on behalf of the Motors Group to present the cheque and to see a happy group of kids there,” Votavota said.

“Local sporting clubs play a really important role within their communities and we are thrilled to help invest in their futures.

“To see the support around the Irishtown Football Club and the support of footy at a grassroots level is fantastic.”

Irishtown Football Club committee member Alyssia Coates says game day balls are an overlooked but costly item.

“It’s a huge expense that you just don’t think about,” she says.

With every side using two balls at every home game – not including training – and costing up to $120 each, Coates says the figures quickly add up.

“This will be a huge benefit to our club and it means that we can inject those funds, that would have been spent on those balls, into another area of the club.”

Coates said the club will now seek to install female changerooms for players and umpires.

“Given the direction of football now, it has opened up for more females to play the game, made it more attractive,” she says.

“We have five girls playing in our Under 16 side at the moment [and] more ladies are becoming involved in umpiring too, so the need is there.”

Applications for the next round of the Holden Home Ground Advantage program close on Thursday August 31. For more information or to apply go to www.holden.com.au/homegroundadvantage.