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Harriet Shing MP:
Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland Sporting Clubs Set to Kick Goals for Health
More opportunities to get active and play sport.
By Portal Admin - 1st July 2020 - Back to News
Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland residents will have more opportunities to get active and play sport as coronavirus restrictions gradually ease, with four local sporting clubs to improve the health of the community.
The clubs will share in $13,476.90 in Active Club Grant funding to deliver new sports programs.
With junior sport competitions kicking off and non-contact sport resuming for adults, many Victorians are wanting to stay healthy and get active again.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said the funding will enable local sport clubs to provide more opportunities for Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland residents to improve their health through playing sport.
VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants will support sporting clubs to encourage locals to enjoy better health through community sport.
Local clubs funded in The Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland include:
- Churchill Baseball Club will receive $2964.90 to introduce a t-ball program to build the confidence and fundamental skills of baseball in junior participants.
- Morwell Netball Association will receive $3000 to introduce six new netball teams to participate in a social female-only competition during winter. This includes a skills development program for girls aged 6 to 9 and a social competition for girls aged 10 to 17.
- Morwell Pegasus Soccer Club will receive $1692 to introduce Football Victoria's Soccer Mums program, a fun, social initiative for mothers who have stopped playing or never played soccer before.
- Traralgon’s Southside Junior Football Club will receive $3000 to introduce a girls' Under 12's football team to provide an opportunity for young girls without needing to play in mixed teams.
- Bunyip Junior Football Club will receive $2820 to introduce a girls only Auskick junior competition (ages 5-8), Under 12 Girls (ages 9-12), Youth Girls (ages 13-17) as well as Women's (aged 18+), replacing their mixed teams.
For more information on VicHealth’s Active Club Grants or the full list of local clubs receiving grants visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing
"This funding will make it even easier for Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland residents to get active and reconnect with others in their community while keeping safe from coronavirus,"
"Local clubs and associations play an important role in our community. I’m encouraging Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland residents to support their local club and give sport a go."
"Playing sport is great for our physical and mental health. Joining a sports club is also a great way to get involved with your community, have fun and make new friends."
Quotes attributable to VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio
"As our daily lives and routines continue to change, it’s vital we continue to be physically active and socially connected, and joining a local sports club is a great place to start,"
"We know sports clubs are the heart and soul of their communities and we’ve heard from so many Victorians who’ve really missed playing the sport they love and seeing their teammates.
"These grants create more opportunities for Latrobe Valley and West Gippsland residents to get involved in their local clubs, so we encourage everyone to check out what’s on in their area and give it a go while supporting sports clubs."
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