Kim Wells MP today congratulated 2 Rowville sports clubs who will share in more than $5000 of funding as part of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program.
Kim Wells said the Hard Knox Masters Softballers and the Rowville Hawks Junior Football Club would benefit greatly from the grants for new equipment.
Both clubs were provided grants for equipment to improve player safety, including protective catchers, helmets and gloves for the softball team, and helmets and first aid kits for the Junior Hawks. The grants aim to increase physical activity by making it easier for clubs to reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment that help them to improve safety.
“In Victoria, half of all adults do not get enough exercise. As well as the physical benefits, research also shows that sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth,” Kim Wells 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.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said it was good to continue to support local sporting organisations.
“VicHealth is committed to tackling the tough issues – in particular the rising obesity levels in Victoria. To help combat this, we want to make physical activity participation part of everyday living, active recreation and organised sport. Our Active Clubs Grants in particular aim to make it a little easier for clubs to buy items or equipment to encourage people in the local community to join their club, and help them improve safety for those taking part,” she said.
“Sports and active recreation clubs in Rowville are a great way for locals to get involved, meet new people and keep active for good health. We know from previous rounds these grants encourage community members to try a new activity, support them to join their local club or continue playing their favourite sport,” she said.
Mr Wells has urged sports clubs in Rowville to find out if their club members could benefit from an Active Club Grant, with applications for the second round of funding closing on Friday 13 February 2015.
For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub