Tiger backer chips in for Hoppers

NORTH Albury and Albury, fierce rivals on the field, now have something in common off it.

The Hoppers have received a $10,000 grant funded by AFL NSW/ACT and long-term Tiger backer, the Joss Group, to repair tarmac on the eastern side of Bunton Park and upgrade toilets.

The work, which was completed during the footy season, cost more than $20,000.

Albury Council, the club and sponsors chipped in to do the work.

Hoppers president Paul Spencer said he was happy for the club to receive money from the Joss Group, a long-time sponsor of Border organisations and clubs.

The Joss Group has signed on to help sponsor the AFL’s community facility grants program for another two years.

“It never hurts getting money from anywhere we can get it from,” Spencer said yesterday.

“What Colin Joss does is fantastic — he helps anyone he can and it’s very much appreciated.”

Applications are open now for the 10 grants of $10,000 that will be awarded to community footy clubs in NSW and the ACT next year for improvements.

“The Joss Group and the AFL community facility grants program has given 20 clubs across the state the ability to leverage more than $730,000 in project funding since 2011,” AFL NSW/ACT facilities manager Anthony Brooks said.

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