The return of the Helga's Port Macquarie rugby team this year has been welcomed with a $500 grant for new equipment and jerseys.
The women's rugby team had previously been created by the Hastings Valley Vikings Rugby Union Club in 2016, but did not field a side in 2018.
The new revitalised squad started up again earlier this year and have received funding through the 2019 Australia Post Community Grants program.
Helga's captain Ainsleigh Thomas said the grant was all about making new players feel welcome and becoming a part of the club.
"I had applied through my work with Australia Post a couple of months ago," she said.
"Just saying what we were going to use the money for and how much it would mean for us to be able to have a team.
"The funding went toward our kit, so that all we had to pay for this year was insurance.
"Part of the funding went to the under 13s girls team in their first year of competition, which was really good as well.
"The most important thing is that we have fun, build on this and grow the team.
"We're making friends for life on the field and off it, while keeping fit and healthy at the same time."
The Helga's are one of over 400 recipients to receive $500 towards community projects across Australia, nominated by Australia Post staff.
The grant will be used to promote rugby union to women and purchase kits for female members of the community to play rugby union.
The Helga's are seeking new members to join them on game day, each Saturday at noon. New recruits for the girls under 13s team are also welcome to play on Friday nights at 6.30pm.
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