New grants to help clubs get more peo­ple ac­tive

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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