East Gippsland residents have the opportunity to get more involved in sporting activities thanks to a Victorian Government funding boost to local sport and recreation organisations that are running initiatives to encourage more active and healthy communities.
The second phase of the 2011 Victalent funding grants program will see 136 projects benefit from a share of $175,000.
“These grants will go a long way to help organisations increase their skills base, and improve their administration and program delivery so they can provide even better sports opportunities for the local community,” said Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull.
“A recent VicHealth study has shown that cutting physical inactivity by five per cent would save 1,000 lives nationally and result in 3,000 fewer cases of illness every year.”
Mr Bull stressed the need for more East Gippslanders to get the opportunity to play sport and get active, more often.
“Supporting local organisations to operate more effectively is just one of the many ways the Victorian Government is ensuring more Victorians are able to enjoy the benefits of physical activity,” Mr Bull said.
“The programs recognise the important role local sport and recreation organisations play in supporting grassroots sport and nurturing local talent.
“For officials, coaches, athletes and teams who travel extensively, the Victalent grants also help Victorians maximise their potential by contributing to travel costs in order to train and compete,” he said.
For further information on the grants visit www.grants.dpcd.vic.gov.au