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Bring your club alive
WITH the announcement of
round seven of Renewal SA's
grants to community groups, lo-
cal sporting club Andrews Farm
Junior Soccer Club is already
Having received $6000 in 2012
from round three of the Playford
Alive Initiatives Grant, the club has
high hopes for its future and wants
to take every opportunity available.
Club secretary James Martini said
the grant it received supported the
volunteers and provided better re-
sources for its members.
"I know the money has gone to
help with training for our volunteers
and provided new sporting equip-
ment and to keep our membership
fees really low," Mr Martini said.
The club has also established a
development squad for the kids
who are too young to play, teach-
ing them drills and tips on healthy
"All this money has helped us set
up these programs for the kids," he
"We're really trying to engage
with the local community, to get
younger kids involved in soccer."
With $25,000 on offer for this
round, the club is looking to ad-
dress the goals in its 2014-16 stra-
"Our biggest focus is on our club-
rooms, so we are in the process of
updating our facilities," Mr Martini
"We're trying to be a family-
friendly club and our facilities aren't
very welcoming at the moment,
compared to other big clubs around
The club is also looking to estab-
lish a women's team, as he said that
branch of the sport is gaining in
popularity and is definitely an area
in which it is seeking to expand.
Playford Alive's Michael Buchan
said the fund supports groups that
have a strong commitment to the
"I want to encourage community
groups and not-for-profit organisa-
tions to apply for grants to develop
community projects and activities,"
Mr Buchan said.
"Since the fund was established
in 2009, more than $670,000 has
been provided to benefit the Play-
ford Alive community."
The closing date for submissions
is 5pm Wednesday, August 13, and
application packs can be obtained
from the Playford Alive Initiatives
Fund executive officer Chris Pi-
etruszka (8256 0456 or cpietrusz-
ONE Tree Hill swimmer
Erica McGiffert is now South
Australia's fastest 13-year-old
girl breaststroker over 100m
after setting a new record at
the School Sport Australia
National Championships in
Melbourne last week.
McGiffert, a Playford Aquatic
Club member, swam a heat time
of one minute 15.07 seconds to
break the state record previously
held by STARplex Swim Club's
This is now the third state age
record she holds, having previ-
ously recorded SA's fastest times
in the girls 11- and 12-year-old
100m breaststroke age groups.
She was unable to reproduce
the record breaking swim in the
final, swimming a slower time of
one minute 15.39 seconds, and
claimed the silver medal.
McGiffert's mother, Natalie,
said she was very proud of her
daughter's achievements and
that her passion for swimming
began at a very young age.
"She hasn't stopped since she
was six months old," Natalie
"She's a pretty motivated kid
and she knows what her times
are; even the coach comments on
that, for a young kid she knows
her stroke and knows where she
wants to go."
Having only turned 13 in
April, McGiffert still has eight
months remaining in her current
age bracket, during which time
she hopes to set new 50m and
200m breaststroke records.
Playford Aquatic Club coach
Paul Staight said McGiffert, de-
spite being only young, "really
thinks her swims."
"She's a very intelligent girl
and that helps tremendously
when you're working with a
kid," he said.
"She phoned me up (after the
race) and I said 'give me a break-
down of the swim' and she gave
me a really detailed description.
"So she could give me the
feedback; she knew the way the
stroke had to feel on the day."
Team-mate Stefanie Scherwit-
zel, from Hewett, also competed
strongly throughout the week,
achieving national age qualifying
times in the 15-16 year old girls
100m and 200m freestyle.
Both swimmers will now have
the chance to compete at the
national age championships in
The date and location of the
championships are yet to be an-
a new record
Hewett's Stefanie Scherwitzel (left)
and One Tree Hill's Erica McGi ert
after receiving medals at the
School Sport Australia National
Championships in Melbourne last
Are you in
YEAR 2 students at Elizabeth
North Primary School learnt
the value of trees ahead of
Schools Tree Day last Friday,
with a tree-planting day
supported by a local hardware
Planned by teacher Chloe
Apolloni, the day followed the
students studying Dr Seuss' The
Lorax in preparation for the day.
"We have been looking at The
Lorax in terms of sustainability,"
Ms Apolloni said.
Student Erica Bampton
explained her understanding of the
"There was a person with green
gloves that cut down all the trees
and there was no fruit. The birds
didn't have anywhere to sit," Erica
Working with a local business
was also something Ms Apolloni
was interested in teaching the
"I wanted to work with
Bunnings to help students
understand about working with
the community - some of the
childrens' parents work there as
well," she said.
Donating around 20 native-
Australian plants, Euan Murray
and Sandra Daly of the hardware
store's garden department
accompanied the children, helping
them plant the trees on Friday.
"We love getting behind the
community to improve awareness
about nature," Mr Murray said.
"Start them off young, it's
Excited student, Darren Koffa
was happy to explain why he
thought they were planting trees.
"The special thing about
planting trees is that we wouldn't
be able to breathe," Darren said.
Agreeing with Darren was
Hendrix Speziale, who had a little
more to say on the topic.
"Without trees we won't be able
to breathe. Without trees there is
no air, then we'd die," Hendrix
-- Jessica Renaglia
Elizabeth North Primary School year two class members (from left) Hailee Palmer, Amber Coulter-Arnold, Lincoln
Warren and Rhylee Peita are hard at work during National Tree Planting Day last week.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
PROVIDING the gift of reading
has seen the Playford Council win
a major award for its library ear-
lier this month.
The Give the Gift of Reading pro-
gram, which received the Jim Craw-
ford Award for Innovation in Librar-
ies, introduced young children to the
world of books.
Local Government Association
vice-president Jill Whittaker said
many impressive entries had been
prepared for the award, however
Playford's stood out from the rest.
"Playford's winning entry arose
from the recognition that some chil-
dren in the community start school
never having experienced a book,"
Ms Whittaker said.
Give the Gift of Reading encour-
ages local community members to
purchase a book to donate for chil-
dren at Christmas time.
Since the initiative began in 2012,
it has spread to 24 public and school
libraries with more than 3000 books
collected and distributed.
The Playford Council also won the
Local Hero Award for Leadership in
Community Services for 2014.
Library's award for innovation
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