Friday, June 30, 2017

Shepparton district is a winner

Nicholise Garner February 16, 2017

VICHEALTH’S latest Active Club Grants are set to increase female engagement and participation in social sport in the Shepparton District and across Victoria, as part of the health promotion body’s plan to get more Victorians living healthier and happier lives.

Member for Northern Victoria, Wendy Lovell said VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program makes an invaluable contribution to the community of the Shepparton District, and encouraged all eligible clubs in the district to apply.

“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,” Ms Lovell said.

“Funding can be provided to clubs that demonstrate how they will get more women and girls involved in physical activity, through new or recently established programs, activities and opportunities, or start a social or modified sport program which will attract more people to be regularly physically active.”

VicHealth CEO, Jerril Rechter said 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,” Ms Rechter said.

Ms Rechter said female participation in sport is still lower than male involvement, and due to many factors, including a lack of time and confidence, many women and girls find it hard to fit the recommended 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity into their week.

“Our research shows that every step really does count, and anything that gets you moving is beneficial,” Ms Rechter said.

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.

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 the Shepparton District are encouraged to apply through the VicHealth website before Round 2 closes on Friday, March 10.

For further information or to apply online, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub