Record breaking year for Australian Sports Foundation

The Australian Sports Foundation raised a record $44.75 million for sport in the 12 months to June 30.

2016-17 represented a third successive record year of fundraising and a 40% increase on the previous year’s total.

This means that grassroots sport attracted 61% of all donations to sport in the previous year.

ASF chief executive Patrick Walker was delighted with the total that took the funds raised over the last three years to over $100 million.

“This is the first time grassroots sport clubs accounted for the majority of donations to sport. This means more Aussie kids will enjoy greater participation opportunities, better facilities and upgraded playing and training equipment,” said Walker.

The top two sports were Australian Rules football ($20 million – up 12%) and multi-sports ($9.2 million – up 25%).

The top 10 fundraising sports in 2016-17

Sport                                               Funds raised
Australian Rules football                 $19,971,948
Multi-sports                                     $9,212,287
Golf                                                 $4,275,937
Rugby union                                   $1,730,575
Swimming                                       $1,518,760
Football                                           $1,205,471
Sailing                                             $1,146,679
Rowing                                            $920,889
Athletics                                          $722,273
Cricket                                             $530,858

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