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Footy a winner from telco grants

Football clubs from Esperance to Broome are eyeing off new facilities, better uniforms and even high-tech coaching assistance with their share of more than $150,000 in grants.

Sponsored by Telstra, the $5000 grants will flow to 30 clubs around the State who applied through the telco's club commitment competition.

On hand this week with some of the winners from East Fremantle Women's Football Club, West Coast forward Mark LeCras said the money would be a massive boost for grassroots football.

"Particularly for junior clubs relying on volunteers - $5000 can go a long way," LeCras said.

"I was fortunate enough to play for junior clubs with really good facilities, so anything that can help other clubs will be a massive boost to footy in WA."

East Fremantle midfielder Steph Walding said the club would use its grant to boost its tech resources and assist coaching staff.

"We can use apps to film the girls training, take stats on the weekend and really give that instant feedback that everyone craves these days," she said.

North Mandurah Junior Football Club president Narelle Litchfield said the club's reliance on volunteer staff meant the money was more than welcome.

"We're pretty much run out of a tin shed, so it's always going to mean a lot to us," Ms Litchfield said. "We want to reinvest it into coaching and team management, particularly first-aid training."

The West Australian

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