New grants for clubs to get local residents active

Local sports clubs across the state can now apply for a share in around $400,000 funding through VicHealth's Active Club Grants, to create new opportunities to get women, girls and less active Victorians playing sport.

The Active Club Grants program has been made simpler and easier to apply.

Funding of up to $3000 or up to $10,000 is available for community sport clubs to encourage new programs, teams and activities that make sport less intimidating for women and girls to get involved. The grants can also support new

social sport programs which are more flexible, fun and less structured with a focus on social interaction, and put less emphasis on performance, results and competition. Sporting programs can be modified to increase opportunities across age, disability, skill level, fitness level, lifestyle, cultural background or location.

"Grassroots sports clubs are at the heart of their communities, providing opportunities for people to keep healthy and happy," says Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter says Active Club Grants have helped thousands of Victorian sports clubs get more local residents active.

"Our research shows most Victorians are not fitting the recommended amount of physical activity into their week," she said. "Active Club Grants can make a huge difference to hardworking Victorian community sporting clubs. It's critical that sporting clubs are supported to offer more opportunities to get people moving."

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