Sports and active recreation clubs in Heyfield and Maffra will receive funding as part of the first round of VicHealth’s 2015-16 Active Club Grants program, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull announced today.
The following clubs were among a total of 262 across Victoria to share in more than $746,330 worth of VicHealth Active Club Grants:
$2,990 – Heyfield Bowls Club
$2,393 – Heyfield Tennis Club
$2,960 – Maffra Hockey Club
Mr Bull said the grants aim to increase or maintain participation in physical activity by funding essential equipment like bats, portable goals, uniforms and balls.
“This funding is vital to helping many more Victorians get the recommended 2.5 hours per week of moderate physical activity,” Mr Bull said.
“As well as the physical benefits of preventing illnesses, getting active helps maintain mental wellbeing, keeping us alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.
“Research also shows that sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth.”
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said VicHealth was proud to continue to support local sporting organisations, particularly in more disadvantaged areas of Victoria.
“VicHealth is committed to addressing the rising obesity levels in Victoria and as part of this, we want to make physical activity participation part of everyday living,” Ms Rechter said.
“Sports and active recreation clubs are a terrific way to get involved in the community, meet new people and keep active for good health. Previous rounds have shown us that these grants encourage people to try new activities, support them to join their local club or continue playing their favourite sport.”
Mr Bull encouraged clubs to monitor the VicHealth website for up-to-date information on available grants. VicHealth grants are a terrific contributor to any clubs budget and allow clubs to purchase much needed equipment to keep the cost of participating in sport to a minimum.
For more information visit https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/ or contact Tim Bull’s office on 5152 3491.