New grants to help clubs get more people active
LOCAL sports clubs across the Indigo Shire can now apply for a share in around $400,000 to create new social opportunities by getting more women, girls and less active Victorians playing sport.
Funding of up to $3000 or up to $10,000 through VicHealth’s Active Club Grants is available for community sport clubs to get their communities more active.
In an added bonus, it’s now easier for community sporting clubs to apply the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants which opened earlier this week.
Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy encouraged Victorian sports clubs to apply for the grants.
“Grassroots sports clubs are at the heart of their communities, providing opportunities for people to keep healthy and happy,” Ms Hennessy said.
“This is a great chance for sports clubs to apply for a grant to help them get even more people in their local area involved in their sport.”
VicHealth chief executive Jerril Rechter said Active Club Grants have helped thousands of Victorian sports clubs get more local residents active.
She said with less than a third of us getting enough physical activity to benefit our health it was critical that sporting clubs were supported to offer more opportunities to get people moving.
“Our research shows most Victorians are not fitting the recommended amount of physical activity into their week,” Ms Rechter said.
“In particular, women’s participation in sport is still lower than men’s.
“There are a number of reasons for this, including a lack of opportunities, time and self-confidence, which means many women and girls find it hard to get active.
“Following on from our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, we want to encourage community sports clubs to offer new programs, teams and activities that make sport less intimidating for women and girls to get involved.”
The grants can also support new social sport programs, which are more flexible, fun and less-structured opportunities with a focus on social interaction, and less emphasis on performance, results and competition.
Sporting programs can be modified to increase opportunities across age, disability, skill level, fitness level, lifestyle, cultural background or location.
Clubs should apply for the Active Club Grants funding through the VicHealth website before round one closes at 4pm on Friday, August 31.
For further information and to apply visit www.vichealth. vic.gov.au/activeclub.