Sporting clubs

VicHealth grants get the ball rolling for local clubs

10 December 2015

Small grants for sports clubs across the Euroa electorate will get the ball rolling on 2016.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan said clubs and active recreation clubs in Avenel, Benalla, Dhurringhile, Heathcote and Seymour were set to receive funding from VicHealth.

The purpose of these grants is to increase or maintain people’s involvement in physical activity by assisting clubs with funding for equipment like bats, portable goals, uniforms and balls,” Ms Ryan said.

Funding for clubs across the Euroa electorate includes:

·         Avenel Tennis Club - $1,220

·         Benalla & District Gymnastic Club Inc - $2,828

·         Benalla Bushrangers Cricket Club Inc - $2,990

·         Benalla Croquet Club – $2,981

·         Dhurringile Tennis Club - $2,936

·         Heathcote Bowling Club - $3,000

·         Seymour and District Amateur Swim Club - $3,000

“Health experts recommend people spend 2.5 hours a week undertaking moderate physical activity.

“It’s a timely reminder as we head into the Christmas and the New Year period when we usually have a chance to relax and perhaps eat more than we usually do!”

“As well as the physical benefits of preventing illnesses, getting active helps maintain mental wellbeing, keeping us alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.

“Sport also builds a sense of community, particularly in regional areas where it is one of the best ways for communities to come together,” Ms Ryan said.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said VicHealth was proud to continue to support local sporting organisations, particularly in more disadvantaged areas of Victoria.

“VicHealth is committed to addressing the rising obesity levels in Victoria and as part of this, we want to make physical activity participation part of everyday living,” Ms Rechter said.

“Sports and active recreation clubs are a terrific way to get involved in the community, meet new people and keep active for good health. Previous rounds have shown us that these grants encourage people to try new activities, support them to join their local club or continue playing their favourite sport.”




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