Funding for social sports and women’s participation in Melton and Bacchus Marsh is a winner

Teenagers at tennis clinic

VicHealth’s latest Active Club Grants are set to increase female engagement and participation in social sport in Melton and Bacchus Marsh, as part of the health promotion body’s plan to get more Victorians living healthier and happier lives.

Active Club Grants are now providing funding of up to $3,000 or up to $10,000 to community sport clubs. All eligible clubs in Melton and Bacchus Marsh are encouraged to apply through the VicHealth website before Round 2 closes on Friday 10 March.

Member for Melton Don Nardella said VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program makes an invaluable contribution to the community of Melton and Bacchus Marsh.

“VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program has been an essential resource to local sports clubs in remote, rural, regional and metropolitan areas for nearly thirty years”, Mr Nardella said.

VicHealth will fund clubs which:

  • Demonstrate how they will get more women and girls involved in physical activity, through new or recently established programs, activities and opportunities.
  • Start a social or modified sport program which will attract more people to be regularly physically active.

Mr Nardella said VicHealth  Active Club Grants are an important part of VicHealth’s strategy to have 300,000 more Victorians taking part in regular physical activity by 2023.

“We’re very proud to support the role Victorian community sporting clubs play in enabling people to play sport, and become more physically active.”

Social sport includes more flexible, fun and less-structured opportunities with a focus social interaction, and less emphasis on performance, results and competition – they might be modified to increase opportunities across age, disability, skill level, fitness level, lifestyle, or location.

Special consideration will also be given to applications from clubs in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage and communities recovering from natural disasters.

All eligible clubs are encouraged to apply through the VicHealth website before Round 2 closes on Friday 10 March 2017. For further information or to apply online, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub