Collingwood Little Athletics Centre has received a $5000 grant from Coles to buy brand new high jump mats thanks to funds raised through the sale of Coles’ Community Chiller Bags.

Our centre is one of more than 200 centres across Australia to receive funding from Coles to replace or expand its sports equipment.

Funds for the grants are raised through the sale of specially-marked chiller bags designed by eight-year-old Lachie Macdonald from Victoria and 11 year-old Charlie De Bruyn from Western Australia. For every bag sold, 25 cents is directed to the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund to provide sport equipment grants.

Coles State General Manager Mark O’Connor said Coles was delighted to provide grants to help the Little Athletics centres in locations such as Collingwood. “Thanks to our customers who have bought our range of chiller bags at Coles stores, we have been able to provide over $800,000 in grants for Little Athletics centres around Australia. The Collingwood Little Athletics Centre told us they would like to receive a grant for a high jump mat and we were delighted to help because we know this is an essential part of Little Athletics to support young budding athletes,” he said.

Collingwood Little Athletics’ President Paul Ryan said the grant would make a big difference to the centre, which needed new equipment to continually provide a high quality and safe weekly experience for our young athletes. “The Coles grant will have a huge impact on our centre, as our current high jump mats are 12 years old and close to the end of their functional life for safe use. The purchase of the new mats will ensure our younger athletes can continue high jump on a compliant mat and our older athletes can develop jumping skills in a safe and controlled environment,”

Thanks again to Coles for supporting Collingwood Little Athletics

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