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Russel Northe MLA:
New Funding a Winner for Sports Club in Latrobe Valley
More opportunities for women and girls to get involved into sport with health promotion foundation.
By Portal Admin - 5th December 2017 - Back to News
Sporting clubs in the Morwell Electorate, will share in more than $5000 in funding to help meet the explosion in demand for grassroots women’s sport and social sport thanks to the latest round of health promotion foundation VicHealth’s Active Club Grants.
The funding will help local sport clubs across Victoria deliver more opportunities for women and girls to get involved in sport, as well as providing more social, flexible and accessible sport programs. The grants will also provide more opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities to take part in sport.
Mr Northe said the grants, will make a significant difference to local clubs, with some now able to field a women and girls’ team or host a social competition for the first time.
"We want to support locals to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age, gender or ability," Mr Northe said.
"Due to a lack of time, lack of confidence, and societal pressures, many Latrobe Valley residents just aren’t fitting the recommended amount of physical activity into their week.
"In particular we know women are much less likely to take part in club sport compared to men.
"Women deserve the same opportunities as men to play sport and be active. Women’s sport is increasingly popular and these grants will help local clubs field new women’s and girls’ teams."
"With the $2100 grant awarded to Combined Saints Junior Football Club they will enter a female team into the U10 Competition for 2018 in the Traralgon and District Junior Football League."
In addition to this grant Morwell Bowling Club were also awarded a grant to support programs encouraging young people to enjoy the Bowls.
"Whilst bowls is becoming a widely popular sport amongst adults, it is also great to see clubs in the bowls community encouraging young people to attend and participate in programs such as Junior Jack attack" said Mr Northe
"Morwell Bowling Club will introduce bowls to children through programs such as Junior Jack Attack with the $3000 grant they were awarded"
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the grants will help more residents in the Morwell Electorate to make physical activity part of their day-to-day life.
"This program is about supporting Victoria’s grassroots sport clubs to provide a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get involved in including people who wouldn’t normally have the
chance to play sport," Ms Rechter said.
"Successful clubs across the Morwell Electorate will be able to use these grants to increase social sport programs and respond to growing numbers of women and girls wanting to play sport.
"Non-traditional, social and modified sports are also becoming an increasingly popular choice, and some of the successful clubs will deliver creative and flexible sports programs to help locals
fit exercise into their busy daily routines.
"I encourage Latrobe Valley residents to get involved in their local sports clubs – it’s a fun way to keep active while connecting with like-minded people in your local community."
For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub
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