Euroa and Longwood sporting clubs receive grants
28 May 2015
Sporting clubs in Euroa and Longwood will benefit from funding as part of the second round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said today.
Ms Ryan said the Euroa Croquet Club and Longwood Football Netball Club would both receive grants aimed at increasing physical activity within the Euroa community by making it easier for the club to reach out to new participants.
“Sporting clubs often face expenses that are necessary but not always justifiable through tight budgets and these grants will assist them in purchasing items or equipment which help improve safety,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Euroa Croquet Club will receive $2,441 to purchase new croquet balls and hoops and the Longwood Football Netball Club will receive $1,427 for a senior tackle bag and new footballs and netballs.
“Both of these clubs are run entirely by hardworking volunteers who give their own time to ensure they can continue to operate.
“While small, the grants can make a big difference by reducing the pressure to raise funds from club members and supporters.”
Ms Ryan said half of all adults in Victoria did not get enough exercise and encouraging participation in a sporting club was one way to get people more active.
“As well as the physical benefits, research also shows that sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth,” Ms Ryan said.
“It is fantastic that the Euroa Croquet Club and Longwood Football Netball Club have been recognised for the role they play within the community and I am delighted to welcome this funding.”
The clubs were among a total of 296 across Victoria to share in more than $694,000 worth of VicHealth Active Club Grants.
For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub