East Gippsland sporting organisations have received a slice of the VicHealth Active Club Grant pie, with clubs in Bairnsdale, Swan Reach and Heyfield sharing almost $10,000 in funding.
Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said the funding would help the clubs deliver more opportunities for women and girls to get involved in sport, and provide more social, flexible and accessible sport programs.
“The grants will also provide more opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities to take part in sport,” he said.
Successful local clubs included:
• Bairnsdale Rowing Club - $2671 for equipment and advertising;
• Bairnsdale Squash and Racquetball Association - $2948 for equipment, coaching and advertising;
• Swan Reach Hockey Club - $1696 for equipment; and
• Heyfield Junior Football Club - $2578 for equipment.
“As a former VicHealth board member, I know just how important funding like this is for small sporting clubs in rural and regional areas,” Mr Bull said.
VicHealth chief executive officer, Jerril Rechter, said the grants would help more East Gippsland residents to make physical activity part of their day-to-day life.
“This program is about supporting Victoria’s grassroots sport clubs to provide a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get involved in,” Ms Rechter said.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017