Rushworth and Girgarre sporting clubs receive grants
28 May 2015
Sporting clubs in Rushworth and Girgarre 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 Rushworth Football Netball Club and Girgarre Tennis Club would both receive grants aimed at increasing physical activity within the community by making it easier for the clubs 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 to help improve safety,” Ms Ryan said.
“The Rushworth Football Netball Club will receive $2,700 to purchase padding for football and netball goal posts as well as new footballs and netballs and the Girgarre Tennis Club will receive $3,000 for new racquets and nets.
“These grants make a real difference to clubs in smaller communities like Girgarre and Rushworth where they are run entirely by volunteers.
“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 more people 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 Rushworth Football Netball Club and Girgarre Tennis 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