Grants and awards | December 11, 2015

VicHealth grants for local sporting clubs

Sports and active recreation clubs throughout the Lowan electorate will receive funding as part of the first round of VicHealth’s 2015-16 Active Club Grants program.

Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy said the grants aim to increase or maintain participation in physical activity by funding essential equipment like bats, portable goals, uniforms and balls.

Funding of up to $3,000 will be received by the following clubs across the Lowan electorate:

  • Casterton Bowling Club - $1,410.00
  • Dunkeld Hockey Club - $2,467.71
  • Horsham Hockey Club - $1,452.73
  • Kaniva Hockey Club Inc. - $2,700.00
  • Natimuk Tennis Club - $720.00
  • Natimuk United Football Netball Club - $ 2,699.50
  • Wimmera Kart Racing Club Inc. - $3,000.00
  • Wimmera Roller Derby League Inc. - $ 2,977.00

“This funding is vital to help more Victorians reach the recommended 2.5 hours per week of moderate physical activity,” Ms Kealy said.

“Sport builds a sense of community, particularly in regional areas where it is one of the best ways for communities to come together.

“As well as the physical benefits of preventing illnesses, getting active helps maintain mental wellbeing, keeping us alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.

“Now is a timely reminder as we head into the Christmas and New Year period when we usually have a chance to relax and perhaps eat more than we usually do,” she said.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said VicHealth was proud to continue to support local sporting organisations, particularly in more disadvantaged areas of Victoria. 

“VicHealth is committed to addressing the rising obesity levels in Victoria and as part of this, we want to make physical activity participation part of everyday living,” Ms Rechter said.

“Sports and active recreation clubs are a terrific way to get involved in the community, meet new people and keep active for good health. Previous rounds have shown us that these grants encourage people to try new activities, support them to join their local club or continue playing their favourite sport.”

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