Local sporting groups cash in
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien says there are more opportunities for people living in Gippsland South to get active and healthy with three local sporting clubs securing a share in over $737,000 in funding from VicHealth for sports clubs across the state.
VicHealth grants support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to encourage more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background.
Foster Football Club, Korumburra Tennis Club and Loch and District Bowling Club have each secured funds to help improve inclusiveness in their respective sports.
Foster Football Club will be introducing a new women’s team to complement their existing women’s team in order to meet community demand while Korumburra Tennis Club will be introducing a Hot Shots program designed for children to learn tennis on smaller courts with modified equipment and lower nets.
Loch and District Bowling Club will be introducing the Roll Up social sport program for young people aged 12-17 as well as an introductory barefoot bowls program. The club has also received a further $2,000 to promote the This Girl Can Victoria campaign as part of a state-wide campaign to get more women active.
“Active Club Grants help to create fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Being involved in community sport is a great outlet for everyone, where you can make new friends and improve your own health and wellbeing.
“Local clubs and associations play such an important role in our community and I’m proud to support this funding to help them provide great opportunities for locals to get involved.”
VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants have supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving in new ways.
“We’re thrilled to be able to support local sport clubs in Gippsland South to provide more opportunities for the community to get active through a sport they enjoy,” Dr Demaio said.