Residents in the Bendigo region will have more opportunities to get active and play sport as coronavirus restrictions gradually ease, with three local sporting clubs receiving grants to improve the health of the community.
The clubs will share in $14,879.00 in Active Club Grant funding to deliver new sports programs designed to introduce new participants into the respective sport or activity.
With junior sport competitions kicking off and non-contact sport resuming for adults, many Victorians are wanting to stay healthy and get active again.
Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said the funding will enable local sport clubs to provide more opportunities for Bendigo residents to improve their health through playing sport.
“This funding will make it even easier for people in the Bendigo region to get active and reconnect with others in their community while keeping safe from coronavirus,” Ms Lovell said.
“Local clubs and associations play an important role in our community. I’m encouraging residents throughout the region 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.”
VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants will support sporting clubs to encourage locals to enjoy better health through community sport.
“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,” Dr Demaio said.
“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 team mates.
“These grants create more opportunities for people in the Bendigo area 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.”
Local clubs funded in the Bendigo region include:
Bendigo Canoe Club – $9,690.00 to introduce open day sessions and a kayaking program designed to engage females of all ages with suitable female trainers.
Newstead Cricket Club – $2,950.00 to introduce a social community cricket game program for past players and adults of all ages to participate in a non-competitive game and be active.
Newstead Football/Netball Club – $2,239.00 to introduce a new Under 11’s netball team to get girls playing, including girls who have never played netball before that want to learn new skills and become active.
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
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