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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

LOCAL CLUBS IN CENTRAL VICTORIA RECEIVE FUNDING BOOST

Many sports and active recreation clubs across Castlemaine and district will benefit from funding as part of the second round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, said the grants, of up to $3,000 each, aim to increase physical activity by making it easier for clubs to reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment that help them to improve safety.

“In Victoria, half of all adults do not get enough exercise. As well as the physical benefits, research also shows that sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth,” Ms Edwards said.

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

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said it was good to continue to support local sporting organisations. 

“VicHealth is committed to tackling the tough issues – in particular the rising obesity levels in Victoria. To help combat this, we want to make physical activity participation part of everyday living, active recreation and organised sport. During 2014-15, VicHealth ran two rounds of Active Club Grants, which saw a combined total of 566 clubs across Victoria share in over $1.3 million in grants,” she said.

“Sports and active recreation clubs in Castlemaine and district are a great way for locals to get involved, meet new people and keep active for good health. We know from previous rounds these grants encourage community members to try a new activity, support them to join their local club or continue playing their favourite sport.”

           

Castlemaine (Mount   Alexander) Girl Guides

 $2,946.00

Castlemaine United   Cricket Club Inc.

 $1,900.00

Newstead   Football/Netball Club

 $3,000.00

 

 

 

 

For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, go to: www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub

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