$10k up for grabs for sport­ing clubs

Alpine Observer - - News - BY TATE SPI­TERI

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.

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