In the lead up to the Wests Tigers' big clash with Brisbane Broncos at Campbelltown Stadium, the Club is celebrating big funding grants to community rugby league clubs in the region.


Wests Tigers front rower Matt Groat along with club staff joined the NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley and representatives of the NRL to award funding grants to the Camden, Thirlmere and Campbelltown Collegians clubs.


Each club has received significant funding grants from State and Local Government for essential home ground upgrades which were achieved with the assistance of Wests Tigers and the NRL.


Wests Tigers Development Manager Ben Rogers worked in conjunction with the NRL's former Wests Tigers centre John Wilson to secure the funding.


"We've been successful with three out of three grants," said Rogers.


"In conjunction with the NRL, we've helped them write their grant application, which has never really been done before.


"As you can see from the results, it's been a great boost for the community and local rugby league."


John Wilson, now working in Game Development for the NRL, began working through the process with Rogers in late 2012.


"We got together and had a look at the needs of the area and what we're trying to do in the south west corridor," said Wilson.


"As we know, it'a a growth area and it's a good opportunity for the Wests Tigers to really branch out at a number of levels in community, game development and also their government operations.


"Under the new structure that we've undertaken, it allows us better access to identify the areas that we need and to work in with these junior clubs in where they need to grow."


Wests Tigers are this week preparing for Saturday night's Broncos clash with a multitude of high profile appearances in the Campbelltown area.


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