Major Boost for Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Club
Friday 20 April 2012 4:22 PM
Members of the Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Club are set to benefit from $82,000 under the NSW Government's Community Building Partnership Program to support the construction of a new amenities block at Leonay Oval, Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres has announced.
Mr Ayres was joined by Panthers Football General Manager Phil Gould and representatives of the Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Club at the oval to welcome the announcement.
"This new facility will expand the capacity of Leonay Oval to cater to regular sporting events and further promote the NSW Government's healthy lifestyles agenda." Mr Ayres said.
"As the home of the Penrith Panthers, our region has a proud track record of developing tomorrow's league legends.
"I am keen to promote participation in team sports across Penrith due to the added benefits sporting groups play in strengthening community ties and encouraging a culture of teamwork and co-operation among young people.
Peter Howlett from the Emu Plains Junior Rugby League Club took the opportunity to recognise the role Mr Ayres played in securing the grant.
"The parents and players involved will benefit immensely from a new amenities block at this location and I'd like to thank Stuart Ayres for taking on board our views when assessing the grant application." Mr Howlett said.
Phil Gould said the decision to invest in these facilities recognised the significance of rugby league to the Penrith region.
"Penrith is rugby league heartland; Stuart gets that and continues to deliver for rugby league in Penrith." Mr Gould said.