There are more opportunities for people living in Bendigo to get active and healthy with six local sporting clubs sharing in over $737,000 in funding from VicHealth for sports clubs across the state.

Through VicHealth’s funding, local sports clubs have created more opportunities for women and girls to get active by offering new female teams or programs, and providing facilities and equipment to ensure clubs can grow with their community.

The grants will also support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background.

Building on the success of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, 50 clubs across Victoria will also receive funding to promote active lifestyles as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active. 

Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan is excited to see more activities, teams and opportunities for less active people in the community to get involved in sport.

“Active Club Grants help to create more fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” Ms Allan said.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said “Being involved in community sport is a great outlet for everyone, where you can make new friends and improve your own health and wellbeing. There are great opportunities for people in Central Victoria to join a local club and get active.

“Local clubs and associations contribute such an important role in our community, I’m proud to support this funding to help them provide great opportunities for people to get involved.”

VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants have supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving in new ways.

“We’re thrilled to be able to support local sporting clubs in Bendigo to provide more opportunities for the community to get active through a sport they enjoy,” Dr Demaio said.

“Our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign has been hugely successful at showing that women and girls, as well as a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, want to be active and live healthy lives.

“Through these grants, more Victorians in our region can participate in modified or social versions of traditional sport where your age, ability, background, lifestyle or gender isn’t a barrier to taking part.”

Local clubs funded in Bendigo include:

     Bendigo Amateur Soccer League Inc.               $2,476.00     Equipment  

     Sandhurst Cricket Club Inc                                $2,681.10     Equipment; Uniforms

     South Bendigo Tennis Club Inc.                        $2,993.00     Equipment

     Bendigo Cricket Club                                        $3,000.00     Uniforms

     Bendigo Lacrosse Association Inc.                    $2,673.42     Equipment; Uniforms; Venue Hire

     Golden Square Football Netball Club Juniors    $2942.00     Equipment; Uniforms

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

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