Funding boost for sports clubs in Moorabool Shire

Four sporting clubs in Moorabool Shire will receive a share in more than $500,000 in funding as part of the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, an initiative to encourage more Victorians to get physically active.

Labor MPs Geoff Howard and Jaala Pulford today announced the successful recipients of VicHealth funding, which will help local sport clubs provide more opportunities for people to get active.

The grants include;

  • $2,000 for Ballan Bowling Club to buy three sets of lawn bowls, shade covers and advertising.
  • $2,925 for Bacchus Marsh West Golf Club to buy golf driver kits and to enrol three members in a gold instructor program.
  • $2,078 for Bacchus Marsh Soccer Club to buy soccer sets, womens shin pads, socks, goal-keeper gloves, uniforms and soccer balls.
  • $3,000 for Darley Junior Football Netball Club to buy uniforms and pay affiliation fees.

Mr Howard said the grants will make a significant difference to communities and help more local residents get involved in community sports.

“We want to support locals to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age, gender or ability,” Mr Howard 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,” he said.

Ms Pulford said the grants will help more Moorabool residents to make physical activity part of their day-to-day life.

“Due to a lack of time, lack of confidence, and societal pressures, many local people just aren’t fitting the recommended amount of physical activity into their week. With these grants, local sport clubs will be able to deliver a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get active, regardless of ability,” Ms Pulford said.

VicHealth CEO, Jerril Rechter, said the program is about supporting Victoria’s grassroots sport clubs to provide a wider range of opportunities.

“Successful clubs across Moorabool Shire will be able to use these grants to respond to growing numbers of women and girls wanting to play sport,” Ms Rechter said.

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