UWA Little Athletics Centre receives $3700 Coles grant to buy sports gear

Sally Pearson and kids with Coles community bags which raise funds for Little Athletics.
Sally Pearson and kids with Coles community bags which raise funds for Little Athletics.

UWA Little Athletics Centre has received a $3700 grant from Coles to buy brand new sports gear.

Mt Claremont’s Little Athletics centre was one of over 160 centres across Australia to receive funding from Coles to replace or expand its sports equipment.

Funds for the grants are raised through the sale of specially-marked chiller bags designed by eight-year-old Lachie Macdonald from Victoria and 11-year-old Charlie De Bruyn from WA.

Coles State general manager Pat Zanetti said Coles was delighted to provide grants to help the Little Athletics centres in locations such as Mt Claremont.

“The UWA Little Athletics Centre told us they would like to receive a grant to buy a high jump mat, trolley and stands and we were delighted to help because we know these

are an essential part of Little Athletics to support young budding athletes and volunteers,” he said.

UWA Little Athletics’ club president Damon Hansen-Knarhoi said the grant was important to their centre, which needed new equipment to continually provide a high quality and safe weekly experience.

“The new equipment will not only help our 590-strong athletes continue to ‘be their best’ but also the schools and community groups that use our equipment for sports days, coaching courses and specialist clinics,” he said.