Five promising Benalla soccer players have been given one final boost before the year is out.
Natalie and Josh Grima, Meagan Webster, and Ethan and Rhyss Scipione have each been awarded a $500 grant from the Benalla Young Sportsperson’s Trust to further their game.
Each of the five players, apart from Rhyss, had previously also been awarded a grant last year.
The BYST is a not-for-profit organisation that looks to offer a leg up for promising sporting talent in the Benalla community, in the form of grants and funding.
The trust’s chairman Bill Sykes said it was pleasing to be able to offer such promising talent on the soccer pitch a boost in time for Christmas.
‘‘There is an ever widening socio-economic gap between country kids and their urban counterparts,’’ Dr Sykes said.
‘‘Being able to participate at a higher level of sport encourages higher aspirations in both sport and life in general.’’
This last batch of grants sees the trust’s grand total throughout the year rise up to $14200.
That number has been spread between 21 young sportspeople since January 1 this year.
It has also been spread across a number of sports — soccer players, horse riders, boxers, swimmers, basketballers, netballers, triathletes, footballers, hockey players, and motor racers.
The largest sum of money to one sport was $3000 split between a group of five basketballers making their way to America for a representative tournament.
Mr Sykes said the trust would be up and running again in the new year, and encouraged any promising sportsperson to get in touch about potential funding.