IT HAS poured its heart and soul into making the club what it is today, and, with a little help from the State Government, Grafton Hockey Association is taking things to another level.
Association executive officer Bruce Carle gladly accepted just under $16,500 from the New South Wales Government yesterday - a welcome change from having to mortgage his family home as he and a group of other members did in previous years to get enough funds to develop the complex.
State Sport Minister Graham Annesley paid a visit to the club yesterday to officially hand over the grant. He said he believed the association was deserving of the money.
"One of the factors considered was the contribution and effort put in by the organisation themselves," Mr Annesley said. "Hockey is something that helps address social issues.
"This sport is part of the fabric of our community."
Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said he was thrilled to see money going to such a dedicated organisation.
"I congratulate the Grafton Hockey Association on its efforts and success in securing a grant to further improve these facilities," Mr Gulaptis said.
"It's not about who's who in the zoo with this club.
"Everyone in the association is proud of it and has every right to be."
The funds will be put towards the purchase of a scoreboard and the expansion of the dugout on one of the fields. Other improvements will include a retaining wall to allow truck access, and a bucket-lift to help change lights.