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GRSA SKY WEEKLY SCHEDULE TO CHANGE FROM DECEMBER Written by:
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20/10/21

From the start of December, the Sky weekly schedule of greyhound racing in South Australia will change.

The first two Sundays of any month will routinely be scheduled at Murray Bridge with the remaining Sundays being allocated to Gawler. The primary reason for the change is about providing both of those Clubs with an accessible weekly timeslot which helps them to cultivate a strong base of local patronage.

“It’s critical for our sport to nurture the relationship that they have with their local communities, and that we maintain our relevance to those audiences. Our scheduling needs to reflect the fact that racing is a key part of the social fabric of those communities, particularly in regional areas,” explained Greyhound Racing SA Chairman, Grantley Stevens.

GRSA explored the opportunity that exists to secure a permanent Friday night timeslot on Sky but those plans were curtailed by the existing congestion of meetings in that spot.

The model of ‘shared Sundays’ represented the next best solution for a strategy based on community engagement.

The Murray Bridge region is synonymous with racing, and has been the site of the two most significant infrastructure projects undertaken by SA’s thoroughbred and greyhound codes in the past two decades. GRSA expects trainer numbers to continue to grow in the region well into the future, and increasingly so as the traditional (greyhound) training regions to the north of Adelaide experience heightened levels of development. The strategy, as it relates to Murray Bridge, is also partly founded on the fact that the Rural City of Murray Bridge Council is such a proud supporter of local racing opportunities.

The schedule will transition from 1st December 2021, which will allow crowds over the December and Christmas period to enjoy prime-time racing opportunities at each of Gawler, Murray Bridge and Angle Park.

*In the event that there are five (5) Sunday's in the month, the Gawler GRC will conduct a meeting on that day.

 

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For any media enquiries, please contact:
Matthew Watson – Greyhound Racing SA Marketing Manager
08 8243 7100
matthew.watson@grsa.com.au