YOUNG members of some of Launceston's soccer, football and touch football clubs touted Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as the "comeback kid" yesterday, before he promised $375,000 to the Northern sporting community.
During Labor's one-day election campaign visit to Tasmania, Mr Rudd said the funding would assist the $1.1million redevelopment of the Prospect Vale sports complex, which will see extra playing fields, upgraded lighting, and better field drainage.
The sport facility has been closed for the past three weeks due to its wet surface.
Mr Rudd told the crowd, including adult and children members of Prospect Sharks, the Southern Raiders Junior Soccer Club and the Launceston Touch Football Association, that local communities were important.
"[This] is about making better playing fields for you guys so that you don't have rained-out fixtures and can get on with the game," Mr Rudd said.
"If you look at our country it is made great on the basis of strong functioning local communities. Every time I come to Launnie that is what I find," he said.
"It is all part of building the fabric of our society, our community, and teaching kids team sports and how to be active and healthy early in life."
Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins said the redevelopment would also allow for night training.
"We have had significant growth in the use of this facility ... the more we provide quality facilities, the more people want to use it," he said.