Fifteen local clubs awarded money to buy new equipment
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien today announced that 15 local sporting clubs would be able to purchase new equipment such as bicycles, horse riding safety gear, cricket bats and balls, uniforms and first aid kits with funding delivered under the latest round of VicHealth grants.
Mr O’Brien said the VicHealth grants aimed to get locals more active in sport and recreation by funding essential equipment.
“When someone decides to take up a new sport, purchasing all of the required equipment can be costly and can often put people off participating, however these grants provide clubs with funding to enable them to purchase basic items that can be shared among members,” Mr O’Brien said.
“This equipment will make it easier for locals to get the recommended 2.5 hours per week of moderate physical activity.
“Local sporting clubs are the social fabric of many small communities and this funding will greatly assist them to attract new members and provide more equipment to be used at come and try and open days.”
Mr O’Brien said as well as the physical benefits of preventing illnesses, getting active helped maintain mental wellbeing, keeping us alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.
“Research also shows that sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth,” Mr O’Brien said.
Mr O’Brien said the following Gippsland South clubs would receive funding:
- Devon North Cricket Club - $2,050 to purchase cricket balls and playing shirts;
- Gormandale Football Netball Club - $2,180 for first aid kits, post pads and balls;
- Leongatha Croquet Club - $2,900 for croquet mallets;
- Leongatha Cycling Club - $3,000 for track bikes;’
- Leongatha Football Netball Club - $3,000 for club jumpers;
- Longford Pony Club - $3,000 for breakaway and keyhole cups and jumping poles;
- Meeniyan Dumbalk United Cricket Club - $850 for junior cricket equipment;
- Meeniyan Pony Club - $2,733 for body protectors and cross country fences;
- Poowong Loch Cricket Club - $2,404 for junior cricket kits;
- Rosedale Kilmany Cricket Club - $2,288 for junior cricket equipment;
- Sale Keenagers - $1,380 for table tennis bats and balls;
- Seaspray Surf Life Saving Club - $2,950 for a kayak;
- South Gippsland Miners Baseball Club - $2,830 for junior kits, bases and balls;
- Waratah Beach Surf Life Saving Club - $2,077 for a paddleboard; and
- Wellington Warriors Football Club - $3,000 for guernseys, shorts and balls.
Visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub for more information.