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Vote for the team or individual that you think most needs funding, for their chance to receive up to $1,500 from the Thermoskin Community Sports Fund!

You will also be entered in the draw to win a $200 EFTPOS Gift Card!

With a total pool of $10,000 available plus a gift of Thermoskin’s Plantar FXT Calf Socks, 2016 winners will be decided upon by a panel of 4 judges including Melanie Wright (Australian Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder in Swimming), Sharelle McMahon (former Australian Netballer), Brett Emerton (ex-Socceroo) and Thermoskin CEO Matthew Symington.

Shortlisted entries will be based on quality of application, why the funds are needed, value to the community/individual, and number of votes received by the public, so start voting now and make your contribution!

To find out more on how your voting contributes, please visit our Terms & Conditions. Thermoskin Community Sports Fund Recipients will be announced on the Thermoskin website and Facebook page.

Voting: 4th – 25th May 2016
Recipients Announced: 6th June 2016

Total Votes:   26

Geelong Hockey Club


Geelong Hockey Association

State / Area:

VIC / Regional

Funding Requested


Voting has now finished.

Recipients will be announced on 6th June 2016.

About Geelong Hockey Club

Established in 1913, the Geelong Hockey Club is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Australia. Our club provides an opportunity for players of all ages, genders, abilities and backgrounds, to participate in field hockey in the Geelong region. Our main competition is held in winter, with a family friendly mixed competition in Summer. Our club currently has teams competing in the Men’s, Women’s and Junior competitions. Our membership base consists of the following financial members: •Seniors – 47 members •Under 15 – 9 members •Under 11 – 10 members •Hookin2Hockey – 10 members Our club conducts all of its activities (including training and games) at the only public synthetic hockey pitch in Geelong, being at the Stead Park Hockey Complex at 14 John Street, Corio. This facility is operated by the Geelong Hockey Association, and we have to hire this from them (when required) for games and training.

Value to the Community

The primary purpose of this grant request is to provide greater opportunities for players to participate in sporting activities (in this case hockey) in the Geelong region. This involvement in hockey will lead to: •Improved physical wellbeing •Personal development •Sense of community These three pillars are extremely important in the modern age, where technology is dominating the lives of our children. In addition, our club has witnessed first-hand, how participation in hockey has improved the well-being of a number of our club members, both physically and mentally.

Why the funds are needed

With a constant lack of funding for hockey at a local, state and federal level, our club has generally struggled at times to encourage players to try the sport. With the financial challenges facing our club, such as constant rising insurance and pitch hire costs, and the general unwillingness of businesses to sponsor a non-mainstream sport, our club’s membership and fundraising income barely covers our operating costs. Given the rising costs of participating in the sport, there is often reluctance for players to participate in hockey. It is therefore now becoming expected that club’s provide protective equipment, as a bare necessity for players welfare. If successful, the grant would provide for one complete goalkeeping kit. The full grant applied for, would pay for a middle of the range kit. Our current equipment is extremely unsafe for players. We have a number of old sets of equipment that we normally piece together based on the team playing, with goalkeepers often kitting up with items missing or pieces of protective clothing that are either too small or too big for their safety needs.


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