|Sporting clubs in Pimpinio, Nhill and Horsham will share in funding to help meet the explosion in demand for grassroots women’s sport and social sport thanks to the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants.
The Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said VicHealth funding will help local sport clubs across the region deliver more opportunities for women and girls to get involved in sport, as well as providing more social, flexible and accessible sport programs.
“I’m pleased that a number of grants have been approved for Western Victoria and I know they’ll make a significant difference to local clubs, with some now able to field a women and girls’ team or host a social competition for the first time,” she said.
“We want to support locals to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age, gender or ability,” Ms Pulford said.
The clubs in the Wimmera to receive grants include:
Nhill Golf Club - $2,996 to promote and expand its junior golf program, including the MyGolf program, junior golf clinics and school golf competitions.
Pimpinio Football and Netball Club - $1,299 help increase the participation by girls through an Auskick program.
St Michaels Football and Netball Club Horsham - $2,604 to help the club add to their first open age female team.
Clubs in Hamilton will also receive money from this round of grants to promote female participation in cricket and golf.
Ms Pulford said the funding would help increase the number of women participating in sport in Western Victoria.
“Due to a lack of time, lack of confidence, and societal pressures, many people just aren’t getting enough exercise. In particular, we know women are much less likely to take part in club sport compared to men,” Ms Pulford said.
“Women deserve the same opportunities as men to play sport and be active. Women’s sport is increasingly popular and these grants will help local clubs field new women’s and girls’ teams,” she said.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the grants will help more local residents to make physical activity part of their day-to-day life.
“This program is about supporting Victoria’s grassroots sport clubs to provide a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get involved in including people who wouldn’t normally have the chance to play sport,” Ms Rechter said.