VicHealth Active Club Grants announced
VicHealth’s Active Club Grants make a significant contribution to the Victorian community by improving the health of less active Victorians. The grants aim to provide more opportunities to safely participate in sport, with a particular focus on people who otherwise would not get these opportunities.
Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos said the funding will enable more Victorians from all backgrounds to get active and reconnect with others in their community while keeping safe from coronavirus.
“Local sports clubs will play a vital role in helping communities recover from coronavirus, giving Victorians a place where they can be physically active and connect with people in their area,” Minister Mikakos said.
“Now more than ever, we want to ensure that all Victorians have the opportunity to improve their health through sport regardless of their age, gender and ability.”
VicHealth’s Active Club Grants complement the Victorian Government’s Community Sport Sector COVID-19 Survival Package which is focused on helping sports clubs to survive and rebound from the economic impacts of coronavirus.
VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants will support Victorian sporting clubs to encourage locals to enjoy better health through community sport.
“As our daily lives and routines continue to change, it’s vital we continue to be physically active and socially connected, and getting involved with your local sports club is a great place to start,” Dr Demaio said.
“Playing sport is critical for our physical and mental health. Being part of a sports club is a great way to make new friends and connect with people in your community while having fun and working up a sweat.
Dr Demaio called on Victorians to support the safe return of community sport.
“We know sports clubs are the heart and soul of their communities and we’ve heard from so many Victorians who’ve really missed playing the sport they love and seeing their team mates,” he said.
“These grants create new opportunities for more Victorians to get involved in their local clubs, so we encourage everyone to check out what’s on in their area and give it a go while supporting our sports clubs.”
This round, 153 community sport clubs throughout Victoria will share almost $500,000 of funding.
|Organisation Name||Grant Amount||Program Summary|
|Darebin Giants Basketball Club||$2,977.48||Darebin Giants Basketball Club is introducing two new female teams and free basketball clinics to create more opportunities for junior girls to develop their basketball skills.|
|Lara Giants Basketball Club||$7,940.00||Lara Giants Basketball Club is introducing an all-abilities program for people living with disabilities and woman-only clinics to support participants to develop skills.|
|Peninsula Bobcats Basketball Association||$3,000.00||Peninsula Bobcats Basketball Association is introducing a new 3×3 basketball program to engage boys and girls (U12’s to U18’s) to play in a fun, fast-paced and shortened version of the game.|
|Port Fairy Basketball Association||$3,000.00||Port Fairy Basketball Association is introducing a junior girls’ competition so girls can play in their own league rather than a mixed-gender league. They will also provide an opportunity for young girls aged 5-8 to participate in Basketball Australia’s Aussie Hoops junior development program.|
|Ringwood Basketball Association||$3,000.00||Ringwood Basketball Association is introducing Basketball Australia’s 3×3 Hustle, a new female only competition of social basketball to engage girls to play in a fun, fast-paced and shortened version of the game.|
|South East Warriors Basketball Club||$2,994.00||South East Warriors Basketball Club is introducing a new Girls Only Introductory Program and will create three new female teams to develop girls’ skills in an encouraging and social environment.|
|South End Spirit Basketball||$3,000.00||South End Spirit Basketball will introduce six new teams to get more girls aged 10-18 playing in a fun and supportive environment.|
|Specialist Hoops||$2,210.00||Specialist Hoops is expanding their basketball offerings for people living with disabilities, by introducing new programs for three separate age groups (6-12; 13-30; and 20-50).|
|Redskins Basketball Club||$9,520.00||Redskins Basketball Club is introducing four new teams to their Sisters Slam Dunk Development Squad. This program includes girls from various culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including the Horn of Africa, who are interested in learning basketball and engage in fitness and games in a social setting.|
|Werribee Basketball Association||$3,000.00||Werribee Basketball Association is introducing a new club-led program called Hoops for All, which will provide more options for children of all-abilities to play basketball.|
Congratulations to the following 10 basketball clubs and associations that have received VicHealth funding through the Active Club Grants.
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