LOCAL SPORTS CLUBS ON BELLARINE SCORE A VICHEALTH GRANT

Sporting clubs in Bellarine, will receive a share in more than $370,000 in funding as part of the latest round of health promotion foundation VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, an initiative to encourage more Victorians to get physically active.

Building on the momentum generated by VicHealth’s successful This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, the new funding will help local sport clubs across Victoria deliver more opportunities for women and girls to get active.

The grants will also provide more social, flexible and accessible sport programs as well as more opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities to take part in sport.

Lisa Neville said the local grants will make a significant difference to nearby clubs and help more local residents get involved in community sport.

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

“With these Active Club Grants, local sport clubs will be able to deliver a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get active, regardless of ability.

“Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also supports us to be mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.

“Grassroots sports clubs are at the heart of our community so I welcome this new funding that will make it easier for people to be active.”

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the grants will help more Bellarine residents to make physical activity part of their day-to-day life.

“This program is about supporting Victoria’s grassroots sport clubs to provide a wider range of opportunities for more of the community to get involved in,” Ms Rechter said.

“Through our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign we’re seeing women across the state smashing old-fashioned stereotypes about what women can do in the gym, on the sports field and in our communities.

“This funding is about supporting clubs in Bellarine to enable more women and girls – particularly those less active Victorians – to get active in a sport they’re passionate about and want to take part in.”

“I encourage Bellarine 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.”

Local clubs funded in Bellarine include:

FC Leopold

Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving Club

Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club

Point Lonsdale Tennis Club

 

For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub