Health promotion foundation VicHealth is aiming to get more Benalla locals taking part in community sport with about $400000 in new Active Club Grants funding announced this week.
Community sport clubs in Benalla are encouraged to apply for the grants to start up new social programs and women and girls’ teams in a bid to make it easier for people play sport.
State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program was enabling sports clubs in Benalla to deliver new opportunities for locals to get active.
‘‘Getting active is so important for our health, and Benalla sports clubs play an important role in helping people keep fit and healthy,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘Active Club Grants are about making club sport more accessible, so everyone can get involved in the sports they love regardless of their age, gender or ability.’’
VicHealth chief executive officer Jerril Rechter said Active Club Grants were an important part of VicHealth’s strategy to have 300000 more Victorians taking part in regular physical activity by 2023.
‘‘Our modern lifestyle is increasingly sedentary and less than a third of Australians are getting enough physical activity to be healthy,’’ Ms Rechter said.
‘‘Our Active Club Grants program is about making sport fun, accessible and inclusive — we want everyone to have the opportunity to be active and healthy.
‘‘I encourage Benalla sports clubs who want to get more people in the community involved in their sport to apply for a grant today.’’
Active Club Grants provide funding of up to $10000 to community sport clubs to start up new social and modified sport programs, or to deliver new opportunities for women and girls to play sport.
Applications for VicHealth Active Club Grants are open today and close at 4pm on Friday, March 2.
●For more information, phone Steph Ryan’s office on (03)57621600 or email [email protected]