Sports grants boost

By Ewen McRae

The growth of female sports participation is set to bring a financial windfall for several local clubs, after a state government funding announcement last week.

As part of the latest VicHealth Active Sports grants program, the Bacchus Marsh Netball Association, Ballan Cricket Club, and Melton Dragons Basketball Club will each receive $3000 to help increase their female participation.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos said the grants are a vital way to support more women and girls to get involved in community sport.

“We need to ensure our community sporting clubs are welcoming and inclusive places because every Victorian should have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of healthy, active lives.” she said.

A total of $737,00 was given to local clubs across Victoria as part of the latest round of grants.

VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants are designed to give Victorian sporting clubs the boost they need to ensure they can support their community to be more active.

“We know that for many sporting clubs new equipment, a subsidised membership or funding for coaches could be the difference between having a team or not,” Dr Demaio said.

“While there is a growing number of women who are looking to step onto the field and join a club, there are still less opportunities for women and girls to play and participate in sport, which is why we’re supporting as many clubs and teams as possible to provide these important opportunities.”