$10k up for grabs for sporting clubs
WENDY Lovell (MLC, Northen Victoria) has encouraged local sporting clubs and active organisations to apply for grants in a bid to get more people maintaining their health and fitness.
Ms Lovell welcomed the latest round of VicHealth Active Club Grants, which provide funding of up to $3,000 to start up new social and modified sport programs, or to deliver new opportunities for women and girls to play sport.
Clubs are able to apply for funding of up to $10,000.
“Getting active is so important for our health and grassroots sports clubs in Northern Victoria play a vital role in helping people in our community to keep fit and healthy,” Ms Lovell said.
The grant criteria gives specific aim to increasing the physical activity levels of women, girls and less active Victorians.
One local sporting club that has been exemplary in providing opportunities for girls to play sport is the Whorouly Football Netball Club.
Along with their five netball sides the club established the Alpine Lions with two football sides playing in the AFL North East Border Female Football League.
Lions president Eddie Costenaro said the club was proud to be offering girls and women the chance to get involved in the code.
“When you put the whole thing in perspective any kid out playing sport is a good thing,” he said.
“Social media and iPhones has probably taken over, but as long as kids are also getting out and doing something that’s good.”
Mr Costenaro said the club would look to apply for one of the grants with an extra netball court and upgraded lighting on the football ground at the top of the wish-list.
“Having the guys and girls both training at the moment is fine but in winter when it gets darker earlier, being able to have better lighting across the whole ground is something we could use,” he said.
According to the Australian Department of Health, just 15 minutes of brisk walking five times a week would reduce the disease burden in Australians by 13 per cent.