Benalla clubs receive funds to get active
04 December 2017
Two Benalla sporting clubs have received grants through the 2018 VicHealth Active Club Grants program, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said today.
The Benalla Hockey Club and Benalla Bowls Club have both received funding to help them encourage local people to get out and get moving.
Ms Ryan congratulated both clubs on their successful applications saying sporting clubs are about more than just sport.
“The sense of connection and friendship that comes with being involved in a local club is an important part of what keeps our community together,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Active Club Grants program is about getting more people more involved in sport, particularly women who are not always as highly represented in many sports.
“The Benalla Bowls club have received $2,727 and the Benalla Hockey Club have received $2,487 and it is exciting to hear of the initiatives these grants will help the club run.”
The Benalla Hockey Club is launching a fun Summer Social Hockey program in February, where anyone over 10 years of age is welcome to play fun mini games of hockey on a quarter field.
Junior Coordinator Lee Manning said the VicHealth grant will provide hockey sticks and shin pads, mini-goals and team singlets to replace the current hot and unappealing fluoro vests.
“We’re rapt to receive this grant funding, which will transform Summer Hockey in Benalla to a modern program where all abilities are encouraged to just come along and have some fun on a Thursday evening in term one.”
“Hockey is played by all ages, and we have kids, mums, dads and grandparents all playing together in the winter competition. We hope our Summer Social Hockey will get even more families out playing sport together,” Lee Manning said.
The Benalla Bowls Club’s grant will assist them in purchasing nine new sets of state of the art bowls to use as part of a social barefoot bowls competition.
Benalla Bowls Coach and Coordinator Matthew Robertson said the bowls would help get people interested and bring the profile of the game up.
“As a coach, it gives me the state of art equipment to be able to assist non bowlers in transitioning from social status to a playing member,” Mr Robertson said.
“The bowls will also assist with school programs we run and help to get kids interested.”
“Barefoot bowls will be held every Friday night between 6-8pm to give the community something to do over the summer period. Everyone’s welcome!”