Get active to get a slice of major funding

By Riverine Herald

SPORTS clubs in Northern Victoria will be supported to create new opportunities to get women, girls and less active Victorians playing sport thanks to around $500,000 in VicHealth grants now up for grabs.

The latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, now open, provides funding of up to $3000 or up to $10,000 to community sport clubs to create more opportunities for women and girls and ‘social’ or modified sport options.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp encouraged local clubs to apply.

“This is about making grassroots sports more accessible to Northern Victorian community members, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love,” he said.

“We want everyone to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, regardless of their age, gender or ability.

“I know how hard our local clubs are working so I encourage you to take this opportunity to apply for a grant so we can support you to deliver new opportunities to get more people active.”

VicHealth chief executive Jerril Rechter said with less than a third of Victorians getting enough physical activity to benefit their health, it was critical sporting clubs were supported to offer more opportunities to get people moving.

“Our research shows many Victorians are not fitting the recommended amount of physical activity into their week,” she said.

“Women’s participation in sport is still lower than men’s, and due to many factors, including a lack of time, opportunities and confidence, many women and girls find it hard to get active.

“We also want to encourage sports clubs to offer new flexible and social sports programs for Victorians of all ages, genders and backgrounds to make it easier for people to make sport and physical activity a part of their everyday lives.”

Ms Rechter added the grants will also deliver more opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities to take part in sport.

This year’s Active Club Grants are simpler and easier for local clubs to apply.

The new application process is designed to ensure club administrators and volunteers can spend more time helping their communities get active, and less time on administration.

Clubs applying for Active Club Grants funding can indicate if they would like to be considered for an additional $2000 grant to promote This Girl Can – Victoria to encourage women in their local community to get active.

Round two closes at 4pm on Friday, March 8.

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