A FUNDING grant took a Perth Pythons Hockey Club match from a low-key affair to a must-attend event on the Pride month calendar.
Perth’s only LGBTQI hockey club used the money it secured through the Giving for Grassroots (G4G) Sport4Everyone program to hold its first official Pride Cup match in November last year.
The program, supported by Australia Post, offers grants between $2500 and $10,000 to selected clubs or organisations that grow sport amongst all genders, cultures, abilities and ages.
Captain Reid Smith said the grant allowed the club to put on a big show for Pride Cup spectators.
“Before we got the grant, it was an informal event; the grant enabled us to expand on it, and we had a couple hundred people come down,” he said.
“Having the scale with the entertainment including a drag show and food vans, made it a professional event which helped invite people.
“It became part of the larger month of Pride as well.”
Treasurer Shaun Hontomin said the match originally drew up to 40 of the players’ friends and family but last year’s event drew people from outside of the LGBTQI community.
Mr Smith said Pride Cup would return in November this year.
“Another knock on effect from the original sponsorship was that because the event was much larger and successful, we’ve now been able to use that to get sponsorship (elsewhere) to continue that,” he said.
G4G applications are open until 5pm, Thursday, April 26 at www.sportsfoundation.com.au.