Little Athletics Port Augusta receives $4500 from Coles

ATHLETICS: Poppy Doran participates in the vortex throw event during Port Augusta's Little Athletics Carnival earlier this year.
ATHLETICS: Poppy Doran participates in the vortex throw event during Port Augusta's Little Athletics Carnival earlier this year.

Little athletes in Port Augusta will have a spring in their step thanks to a grant worth more than $4500 from Coles.

The Port Augusta and Districts Little Athletics Club (PADLAC) is set to use the funds raised by Coles to buy high jump equipment, discus cage netting and tape measures.

PADLAC President Lee Holmes said the club was grateful for the donation made by Coles.

“We wouldve had to spend the money ourselves to pay for all the equipment. We try to keep the costing to a minimum for the kids and the parents,” he said.

“Coles are really good sponsors. They also help us out by giving us a couple of boxes of bananas each week.”

Funds for the grant were raised through the sale of chiller bags, with 25 cents from each bag sold going to the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund to provide sport equipment.

PADLAC is one of about 100 Little Athletics centres across the country to receive a sports grant through Coles’ grants program.

About 90 athletes aged between five and 16 participate in the local Little Athletics program.

Coles State General Manager Sophie Wong said Coles was delighted to help Little Athletics centres in locations such as Port Augusta.

“Thanks to our customers who have bought our range of chiller bags at Coles stores, we are able to provide around $360,000 in grants for Little Athletics centres around Australia to help them purchase equipment,” she said.

“The Port Augusta and Districts Little Athletics Centre told us they would like to receive a grant to buy high jump equipment, discus cage netting and tape measures and we were delighted to help because we know these are an essential part of Little Athletics to support young budding athletes.”

All community bags were designed by school children as part of a bag design competition.

Coles will also sell a range of Christmas bags to raise funds for Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) schools.