Footy club adopts new logo
The Penrith Panthers have revealed their new logo for the 2014 NRL season. It's a dynamic new design including a full-bodied panther as a tribute to the club's logos of yesteryear.
With Penrith's 50-year anniversary approaching, the club believes it is time to revert the logo to that of a leaping panther.
Panthers Group chief executive Warren Wilson says the logo is the right balance of past and present.
"It's about understanding and respecting where we've come from as a club, without sacrificing our vision for the future, he said.
"The Panthers are evolving and growing and we hope our fans are as excited about the 2014 NRL season as we are."
Alongside the new logo, the Panthers have also overhauled their 2014 membership packages, with options to suit all fans.
Seating categories have been restructured, an 11-month payment plan introduced, new membership packages available, more member-only benefits, return of the supporter bay and cheaper prices make 2014 memberships better than ever.
Membership packages for 2014 are on sale now, visit membership.penrithpanthers.com.au/ or call direct on 1-300 PANTHERS.
McCarthy College to futsal fore
McCarthy College students represented NSW City as members of state futsal teams during the National Schools Futsal Championships, which started in Penrith last month.
More than 1000 school students, 250 officials and hundreds of family members and other supporters were at the challenge.
The last day of the championships is today, Thursday.
Local schools represented are McCarthy, Caroline Chisholm and Mamre colleges and Glenmore Park, St Marys Senior, Nepean Performing Arts, Jamison, and Kingswood high schools.
McCarthy's Craig Laffin, coach of NSW City U19 Girls, said the players have been training for weeks.
State offers sports grants
Penrith MP Stuart Ayres encourages groups to apply for NSW government grants for sport facilities or programs.
"We have a lot of passionate sports people and dedicated club volunteers who would love to improve their facilities or run new programs," Mr Ayres said.
"I encourage them to make the most of this opportunity, whether it's building new netball courts, installing shading at a swimming pool or running a special tournament for disadvantaged young people."
Applications close on October 30.
Key points of the program:
■Grants are capped at $10,000 for participation projects and $25,000 for facility projects.
■Organisations may apply for multiple projects with the maximum for any one group $50,000.
■Applicants must contribute 50 per cent or more to the project.
Groups with projects that make sport and recreation facilities safer, more accessible and environmentally sustainable and programs that provide greater sporting options to seniors, people with a disability and other groups facing barriers to participation are strongly encouraged to apply.
Details: www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/grants or 13 13 02.
Sun-Herald revamps run event
Australia's newest running festival, Rebel Run Sydney, presented by the Sun-Herald, will be held on Sunday, October 27, at Sydney Olympic Park. Entries are now open.
A fun, family-oriented event, Run Sydney is the new name for the much-loved Run4Fun annual event which has now grown from a single event to include for the first time a half marathon as well as the three-kilometre fun run for kids and 10-kilometre course.
Elite runners, wheelchair athletes, walkers, pram pushers, joggers and kids of all ages are encouraged to join in and support their chosen charity, with prizes on offer for highest team, and individual fund-raisers.