Muswellbrook Polocrosse Club enjoys a boost in numbers, thanks to generous Glencore sports grant

Muswellbrook Polocrosse Club’s junior members with Tony Israel from Mangoola Coal – back from left, Tom Cutler, Tom McCulloch, Lauren Cutler, Piper Hooke, Jack McCulloch, Dave Caruana; and, front from left, Ben Caruana, Amber Hooke, Chloe Tunnicliff, Seri McCulloch and Hayden George. Absent: James Phillips
Muswellbrook Polocrosse Club’s junior members with Tony Israel from Mangoola Coal – back from left, Tom Cutler, Tom McCulloch, Lauren Cutler, Piper Hooke, Jack McCulloch, Dave Caruana; and, front from left, Ben Caruana, Amber Hooke, Chloe Tunnicliff, Seri McCulloch and Hayden George. Absent: James Phillips

THEY claim there’s strength in numbers.

And, the Muswellbrook Polocrosse Club (MPC) certainly agrees with that sentiment, thanks to the support of a local mining operation.

This year, the sporting organisation was lucky enough to receive a Glencore Australia Junior Sports Development Grant – which, in turn, increased its playing stocks. 

“From Glencore’s assistance, our junior numbers rose from four in 2017 to 12 in 2018,” MPC’s Kate Caruana said.

“This was a great boost to our club.

“By encouraging new junior members into the sport, we also saw the addition of a few more seniors sign up as well (mums and dads).”

Glencore’s Junior Sports Development program backs clubs and associations with projects that address the long-term needs of under-18 participants.

“The Muswellbrook Polocrosse Club was able to use the grant to help its current junior members and encourage more youngsters to the sport of polocrosse through the provision of new playing shirts and saddle cloths, as well as their very own polocrosse racquet and ball for ongoing skill development,” Caruana said.

“Polocrosse is a great sport for all the family to play, and is always a great social weekend of camping with family and friends.

“With the injection of newcomers to our club this year, hopefully it will assist us to continue to grow in strength and numbers.”

The remaining funds from the Glencore Australia Junior Sports Development Grant will also allow the Muswellbrook Polocrosse Club to host a junior coaching weekend at the beginning of the 2019 season.

“This will be open to all junior polocrosse players within the zone and pony club members who are interested in coming along and giving it a try as well,” Caruana added.

“The Muswellbrook Polocrosse Club would like to sincerely thank Glencore Australia for its Junior Sports Development Grant – and all their support.”