Northern Victoria sporting clubs will receive a share in more than $370,000 in funding as part of the latest round of health promotion foundation VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, an initiative to encourage more Victorians to get physically active.

Building on the momentum generated by VicHealth’s successful This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, the new funding will help local sport clubs across Victoria deliver more opportunities for women and girls to get active.

The grants will provide more social, flexible and accessible sport programs as well as more opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities to take part in sport.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, said the local grants will make a significant difference to clubs and help more residents get involved in community sport.

“We want to support locals to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age, gender or ability,” Ms Symes said.

“With these Active Club Grants, local sport clubs will be able to deliver a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get active, regardless of ability.

“Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also supports us to be mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.

“Grassroots sports clubs are at the heart of our community so I welcome this new funding that will make it easier for people to be active.”

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the grants will help more Northern Victoria 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 more of the community to get involved in,” Ms Rechter said.

“Through our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign we’re seeing women across the state smashing old-fashioned stereotypes about what women can do in the gym, on the sports field and in our communities.

“This funding is about supporting clubs in Northern Victoria to enable more women and girls – particularly those less active Victorians – to get active in a sport they’re passionate about and want to take part in.”

Local clubs funded include:

Organisation Name Grant Amount Project Summary Suburb of Service Delivery
Wodonga Bowling Club $2,727.00 Wodonga Bowling Club is introducing Bowls Victoria’s Girls on the Green program and a school participation program to provide more opportunities for women and junior players to get active. Wodonga
Wodonga Water Polo Club $2,240.00 Wodonga Water Polo Club is introducing a modified water polo program called Flippa Ball along with school holiday programs and winter programs to help introduce new participants to the sport and retain participants. Wodonga
Yarra Glen Junior Football Club $2,352.00 Yarra Glen Junior Football Club is introducing two new women’s football teams alongside their existing two women’s football teams. Yarra Glen
Swanpool Bowling Club $2,970.00 Swanpool Bowling Club are looking to grow their modified lawn bowls program, which is a shorter competition for women, children and older people. Swanpool
Wangaratta Pony Club  $2,880.00 Wangaratta Pony Club will introduce a Friday Night Freshman’s social event for junior participants to build their riding skills and confidence. Wangaratta


For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub