Bundjalung Baygal Warriors cash in grant for new uniforms
LOCAL indigenous rugby league club Bundjalung Baygal Warriors has won a $10,000 grant from Holden to buy new uniforms and other support equipment.
Established in 2012, the club supports the development of indigenous league players from the Bundjalung nation, which stretches from Grafton to the Gold Coast and west to Tenterfield.
This year the Warriors achieved a major milestone, fielding a team in the annual NSW Koori Knockout indigenous rugby league competition played in Sydney.
Warriors treasurer Levi Caldwell said members of the club were ecstatic to be able to buy new uniforms, on which the club's logo and the Bundjalung icon would hold pride of place.
"This is a very big help towards the club to achieve what we need down there (in Sydney)," Mr Caldwell said.
"We couldn't ask for any-thing better.
"The whole board and players, we're all committed to one goal, and that's to take a team to the knockout and be successful in the community."
The grant is part of the Holden Home Ground Advantage program which provides sporting clubs with funding for essential items.
The club's positive impact in the Bundjalung community helped secure the grant.
The club hosts regular cultural outings to educate Bundjalung kids about tradition and connection to the land, and also provides programs to address social issues such as mental health, domestic violence and alcohol and drug abuse.
"We want to be a club that gives them that next step," Mr Caldwell said.
Quayside Holden Lismore general manager Andrew Latimer, who presented the $10,000 cheque on behalf of manufacturer, said the club's work in the community made it a particularly worthy recipient.
"They are using sport as a vehicle to deliver some amazing programs and help their community," he said.
Mr Latimer said he hoped the new uniforms would inspire the club to greater heights.
"They will wear they jersey with pride and it's going to make them feel special every time they run out on that field," he said.
"We are thrilled to be able to help them continue their work."