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YOU can still hear the screams of delight from four Clarence Valley sporting associations after being awarded grants from the Telstra Kids Fund.

The Northern NSW Tenpin President Shield team, South Services Gunners Soccer Club, Brothers Cricket Club and the Clarence Valley BMX Club have each been gifted $1200 grants.

These funds will go towards further developing and fostering junior sporting talent in the region.

The tenpin bowling side will use the grant to subsidise training camps and tournaments.

South Grafton-based Gunners will buy three junior teams new jerseys, protective equipment including sun shelters will now be on display at Brothers Cricket Club.

And the BMX club will purchase a sun shelter.

The clubs are among 625 local not-for-profit organisations across Australia who this year will share in more than $750,000 of Telstra’s Kids Fund grants.

Telstra Foundation chairman and Olympic gold medallist Herb Elliott says local children will be the big winners with the widening opportunities presented.

“Children need to be supported, directed and educated across all fields of endeavour and recreation, particularly at key impressionable stages of their lives,” Elliott said.

“Telstra’s Kids Fund grants provide local community groups with funding to help purchase goods and equipment for children to use and enjoy.

“Through this important grassroots program, local community organisations such as these grant winners can help kids gain further opportunities to expand and grow their talents.

“By injecting funds into projects that help children and young people connect with their local communities, we can help make a positive difference to their future.”

The grants program strengthens local community relationships.

Since it was established in 2002, the Telstra Foundation has provided more than $32 million to 6000-plus projects and programs.

Community groups to receive grants have included schools, art and culture groups, sport and recreational clubs, disability services and environmental organisations.

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