The Member for Melton, Mr Don Nardella MLA, has welcomed three local Melton Clubs receiving recent VicHealth grants.
Grants were awarded to:
- Melton Cricket Club
- Melton Football Club (Juniors)
- Melton Wolves Gridiron Club
As part of VicHealth’s plan to get more Victorians living healthier and happier lives, Active Club Grants are providing over $400,000 to 145 community sport clubs throughout Victoria.
Active Club Grants have been supporting local clubs for nearly three decades. But female participation is still lower than males. That’s why VicHealth has now prioritised two new focus areas:
- Female participation: To successfully apply for this grant, clubs had to demonstrate how they will get more women and girls involved in physical activity, through new or recently established programs, activities and opportunities.
- Participation in social and modified forms of sport: Clubs could also apply for funding to start up a social or modified sport program where they were able to demonstrate how a modified program will attract more people to be regularly physically active, including more flexible, fun and less-structured opportunities.
Mr Nardella said:
“Grants, of up to $10,000 each, will make a significant difference to the local communities.
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.
Successful applicants can now put this money towards essential equipment and safety gear in a bid to encourage participation in physical activity. With these Active Club Grants, VicHealth is able to help Victoria’s local clubs to provide a wider range of chances for everyone to get active, regardless of ability.
Social sports and active recreation clubs are a great way to find like-minded people in your community. Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also makes us mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.”
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the new focus of Active Club Grants will inspire even more Victorians make physical activity a routine part of everyday life.
“Non-traditional, social and modified sports are becoming an increasingly popular choice, and some of the successful clubs have come up with extremely innovative and creative ways to fit physical activity into our busy daily routines.
“They’ve put lots of thought into their work and demonstrated how the new program will benefit the community and attract or enable more people to be physically active.
“Less than half of adult Australians are currently getting enough physical activity to benefit their health. Our goal at VicHealth is to get 300,000 more Victorians taking part in physical activity by 2023.”
“In the last 10 years alone, VicHealth has provided more than $14 million to thousands of Victorian organisations through our Active Club Grants, providing more than one million club members with access safer and better-equipped clubs.
“We can’t wait to see clubs across Victoria putting these grants to work and trialling a range of exciting new program ideas,” Ms Rechter said.
VicHealth encourages all eligible Victorian clubs to apply for Active Club Grants Round 2 if they were not successful this time. As usual, special consideration is given to applications from clubs in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage, or where communities have suffered hardship such floods, drought or bushfires.
For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub
Round 2 opens on Monday 6 February 2017, and closes at 4pm, Friday 10 March.