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Celebrating Fury Basketball’s Success in winning 8K!

7 Aug 2018

Fury Basketball Club were successful in obtaining an $8,000 grant from Holden Australia, as part of the Holden Home Ground Advantage Grant – which they found through the Sports Community Volunteer Newsletter.

Fury Basketball Club is a grassroots club that plays in the local summer domestic basketball competition in Mandurah, WA. They are the largest of eight local clubs with 515 members aged from 5-years old up to adults. The club’s aim was to get more kids from all backgrounds and abilities playing basketball. Out of this, they created their “You’re Welcome” program. This was the basis for their application to the Holden Home Ground Advantage Grant program.

Fury’s sponsorship co-ordinator, Wendy, explains, “the grant we won was for $8000. We applied for $10,000 but are still able to run the “You’re Welcome” program by contributing some of the club income from player fees.”

Fury are a subscriber to the Sports Community newsletter and find it particularly helpful to their club because of their “no fundraising policy.” Wendy elaborated that “we don’t expect members to raise funds as ultimately we recognise that the costs associated with selling raffle tickets or chocolates for example, often falls back to the club’s families and we don’t want anyone to feel pressured, excluded or like they can’t afford to be a part of junior sport.”

Therefore, Fury Basketball Club focus on sponsorship and grants for income. Fury found the Holden Home Ground Advantage Grant via the Volunteer Newsletter back in March 2018. They were notified in July of their successful application. It was a welcome find as it provided the opportunity to secure funding to run the “You’re Welcome” program.

The “You’re Welcome” program

“We are keen to get children facing barriers to playing sport to participate,” explained Wendy, “such as children with disabilities, families new to Mandurah with limited social connections, players from low incomes families who struggle to pay for equipment on top of the playing fees and children who are having trouble making friends due to social issues to our club. So, we designed a program called You’re Welcome to help any child who wants to play, get into a team. The grant money will pay for items to assist us to run this.”

The grant money received will also help the club pay for wheelchairs. Fury will be able to support the introduction of a local wheelchair basketball competition in February next year. As well as purchasing balls for the youngest members who are new to the club. This makes sure they have one to bring to training and to practice with when they’re at home. 

Some of the grant funds will also pay for coaching courses and coaching boards. The club has many junior coaches that they mentor, and lots of parents new to coaching that often volunteer their time to help out. 

“Without them we wouldn’t have a club at all,” says Wendy and added. “We have also purchased a lot of signage through the grant to attract people along to the “You’re Welcome” Program that will run later this month, kicking off with a ‘Come and try day’”.

It’s clear, that the Holden Home Ground Advantage Program has made a huge difference to the Fury Basketball Club. They are now in a position to grow their club by making participation opportunities available to children from diverse backgrounds

A win not only for Holden as a supporter of grassroots sport, but for Fury Basketball Club and the wider community that are stakeholders in the club.

Wendy and the team at Fury also use other resources from Sports Community including the membership platform Club Spot. The membership to Club Spot was provided by the City of Mandurah and it gives club volunteers from all clubs in the shire free access to some amazing tools, videos and templates. “We have copied the committee role position descriptions from Club Spot. We are currently editing them to suit our Fury committee positions,” says Wendy.

It’s very clear that nowadays there are some great support for grassroots clubs and their volunteers, and the best way to keep on top of these opportunities is to visit Sports Community and sign up for their newsletter.