Grants and awards Sport and Recreation | June 26, 2019

VicHealth grants boost local participation in sport

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP has congratulated ten regional sporting clubs who have received funding under Round 2 of the VicHealth Active Club Grants 2018-19 Program.

“One of the key focuses of this latest round of funding is getting more younger people, particularly girls, involved in sport which is something I support and encourage”, Ms Kealy said.

Research shows that female participation in sport is still lower than male involvement and women and girls can find it hard to reach the recommended 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity each week due to other commitments including family and work.

The following clubs will use their grants to boost participation rates by entry into new competitions and conducting new programs and clinics:

  • Dimboola, Halls Gap, Serviceton and Jeparit Golf Clubs are introducing Golf Australia’s MyGolf program for boys and girls to learn the sport ($3,000 per club)
  • Horsham City Rowing Club is introducing a program to attract daughters of current members, mothers that want to return to the sport and grandmothers who want to join a masters program. The club will also promote the This Girl Can Victoria campaign at their club as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active ($3,000)
  • Horsham Hockey Club and the Nhill & District Sporting Club will introduce Hockey Australia’s HookIn2Hockey program for children ($3,000 and $1,715 respectively)
  • The Kalkee Football & Netball Club and Noradjuha Quantong Football & Netball Club will introduce a modified netball program to teach primary school aged children the basic skills of netball and prepare them for ongoing netball involvement ($1,018 and $652)
  • Laharum Sports is introducing more opportunities for junior girls to join the club’s netball activities ($1,482)

 “It is important we continue to open up avenues for more people to get involved in sport and I congratulate and offer my full support to all these clubs for their initiatives to achieve this,” Ms Kealy said.

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