Grants target active, healthy lifestyles

Sports and Recreation Pillar

G21 region organisations will share in grants totalling more than $8000, aiming to increase participation in women’s and grass roots sporting activities.

VicHealth Active Club grants will go to:  

  • Colac Ten Pin Bowling Association $3000 to introduce Bowl Patrol, a modified, shortened program with easier scoring.
  • Mt Duneed Adult Riding Club, $2782 for running mid-week dressage competitions allowing women to participate during school hours rather than weekends;
  • East Belmont Saints Baseball Club, $2469 to form a team to play in the modified rules over-35s Masters League.

Ten grants totalling more than $23,000, announced by Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney, will aim to help local sport organisations from Geelong to Warrnambool to deliver more opportunities for women and girls, as well as provide more social, flexible and accessible sport programs.

The grants will also provide more participation opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities.

Ms Tierney said the grants, of up to $3000, would make significant difference.

“We want to support locals to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age, gender or ability,” Ms Tierney said.

“Due to a lack of time, lack of confidence and societal pressures many residents just aren’t fitting the recommended amount of physical activity into their week.

“In particular we know women are much less likely to take part in sport compared to men.

“I encourage local residents to get involved in their local sports clubs. It’s a fun way to keep active while connecting with like-minded people in your local community,”

VicHealth chief executive officer Jerril Rechter said the program supported grass roots clubs to provide wider opportunities.

“Non-traditional, social and modified sports are also becoming an increasingly popular choice and some of the successful clubs will deliver creative and flexible sports programs to help locals fit exercise into their busy daily routines,” Ms Rechter said.

People can visit http://bit.ly/2zN3fBI for more information about VicHealth Active Clubs grants.

Source: A media release from Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney.