There are more opportunities for people living in Castlemaine to get active and healthy with the Castlemaine Bowling club and the Castlemaine United Cricket Club sharing in over $737,000 in funding from VicHealth for sports clubs across the state.

Castlemaine Bowling Club will receive $2,799.03 to provide more opportunities for women to take part in their successful Girls on the Green program and Bowls Australia’s Jack Attack Program.

Castlemaine United Cricket Club will receive $2,942.40 to introduce a new female cricket team open to women and girls of all ages, abilities and ambitions.

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. 

The State member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, 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 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 Castlemaine 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 the people of Castlemaine 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 Castlemaine 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 Castlemaine 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.”

For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP