Grants to help Mitchell Shire get healthy and active

Sporting clubs in Mitchell Shire looking to accommodate more female participants are being urged to apply for a VicHealth funding grant.

Labor MPs Danielle Green and Jaclyn Symes today announced applications for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program are now open to community sports clubs in Mitchell Shire.

The VicHealth grants program aims to boost access to grassroots sport so even more people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle.

In 2017/18, two levels of grants – up to $3000 or up to $10,000 – are available for clubs establishing new activities, competitions and programs that encourage more women and girls to get involved in physical activity, or which are starting up a social or modified sport program.

Modified sports are fun and less-structured, increasing opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, skills and fitness levels. The grants will also provide more opportunities for the development of women’s sports teams.

Ms Green said the Labor Government is working hard to grow women’s participation in sport, so female athletes have the same opportunities and the same facilities as men.

“We’re the sporting state, and it doesn’t happen by chance. Our $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping communities all over Victoria to upgrade tired facilities and build the great grassroots venues they deserve,” Ms Green said.

Ms Symes said the fund includes $10 million for Female Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms.

“This funding means female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to prepare for competition and training,” she said.

“We want everyone in Mitchell Shire to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age or ability,” Ms Symes said.

Applications for VicHealth’s Active Club Grants close on Friday 10 March 2017. To apply visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub