Victorian clubs to get more active

By James Arbuthnott

VICTORIAN sporting clubs can now apply for the second round of funding opportunities through the state government's Active Club Grant initiative.

Another $500,000 will be up for grabs throughout Victoria to promote girl's and women's health and wellbeing through participation in social sporting clubs.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the grants of up to $10,000 aimed to boost female participation in sports.

“These grants are an important way to encourage women to have a go and take up a new sport, get fit and active and make friends along the way,” Ms Mikakos said.

Clubs can also apply for $2000 in additional funding through This Girl Can, an initiative created after Victorian women voiced their fears of being judged or not fit enough to participate in community sporting groups.

VicHealth chief executive Dr Sandro Demaio said almost a third of Victorians lack sufficient physical activity to benefit their health, and that sporting club grants will get them moving.

“We’re putting the call out for a variety of sporting clubs and associations who are offering opportunities for Victorians to be more active and live healthier lives,” Dr Demaio said.

“Most of us don’t do enough physical activity to benefit our health. In recent years there’s been a welcome growth in women’s sport, but joining a sports club remains a daunting task for many women. A lack of opportunities, time and self-confidence are some of the reasons for this, which means many women and girls find it hard to get involved.

“Building on the success of our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, we’re encouraging community sports clubs to offer new programs, teams and activities that make sport more welcoming for women and girls.”

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp encouraged clubs to apply for grants.

“Research shows that we are leading more sedentary lives which increases the risk of developing chronic illnesses or injuries. We want everyone to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, regardless of their age, gender or ability.”

Active Club Grants have already supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving, and I look forward to hearing about clubs in Northern Victoria getting more people involved in a healthy lifestyle.”

Clubs can apply at before 12pm on February 24, 2020.