CLUBS battling cost pressures born out of the COVID-19 pandemic are breathing a sigh of relief after a donation covered administration costs for leagues across the south-west.
All south-west leagues - whose football and netball administration is covered by AFL Western District - pay a combined $92,000 fee for the service each year.
But the donation, covered by meat processing company the Midfield Group, has freed leagues of the expense.
Another initiative - a $6000 fund to support junior players whose families have suffered financial hardship as a result of the pandemic - will gift eligible youngsters a $120 Sportspower voucher to reduce gear costs in 2020.
AFL Western District commercial and operations manager Matt Ross told The Standard it would help clubs struggling as a result of the virus.
Clubs have been unable to generate key revenue - including gate and bar sales - in football and netball's coronavirus shutdown.
"It's a cost point we've been able to eliminate which is a fantastic result," Ross said.
He said the junior grant wouldn't be a fix-all solution but hoped it would ease pressure on families.
"We just don't want to see any kids missing out on playing sport if money is an issue in buying boots, a mouthguard, shorts, or whatever it may be," Ross said.
"It's not the silver bullet that will fix everything but it's just a little contribution."
Ross thanked the Midfield Group and Sportspower for their support.
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