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Port of Brisbane Community Relations Manager Edward Harwood with BUFC President Andrew Dale. Photo: Supplied.


More baysiders will be ‘bending it like Beckham’ in 2024 at the Bayside Uniting Football Club (BUFC), after it received an extra boost to its Community Sponsorship Program from the Port of Brisbane’s Community Consultative Committee.

The program will sponsor up to 10 local children from families experiencing financial hardship with a free, one-year soccer membership to the Lota-based club.

BUFC is encouraging families with children aged six to 15 years in the local areas to apply for the program to enjoy all the social, community and physical benefits the game and Club has to offer.

BUFC President Andrew Dale said the Port’s grant had come at a fantastic time as they hope to spread the word and encourage more young people to join the Club ahead of the 2024 season.

“Our core values at Bayside are Football, Family and Fun, and we never want a child to miss out on the joy of playing football because of financial disadvantage. The Port of Brisbane’s grant, along with other valued partners, means more sponsorships and more kids lacing up their boots and kicking the football in 2024; we couldn’t be more excited.”

Edward Harwood from the Port’s community team said it was a natural fit for their Grant Program.

“We’re big sports fans here at the Port, with lots of our own people and their children playing for and supporting their own local sporting clubs, so we understand how valuable this sort of opportunity to access the physical and social benefits club sport provides for children. Sporting clubs like BUFC are the heart of many communities, and we’re delighted to help provide more children the opportunity to play, whether they’re just starting out or budding athletes.”

Bayside United Football Club is a small, family-friendly community club in the heart of Lota with registrations open until 29 February 2024. Families interested in accessing the community sponsorship program should contact the Club for more information.

Local football players keen to get involved in the Club should visit its website: or its Facebook page.

If you’re a local not-for-profit organisation or registered charity interested in finding out more about the Port of Brisbane’s grant funding, head to the Port’s website for more details ( Funding of up to $2,500 is available for eligible organisations and charities.

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