Many sports and active recreation clubs across Wyndham will
benefit from funding as part of round 1 of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants


Local MP, Tim Pallas said the grants, of up to $3,000 each,
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,” Mr Pallas 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.”


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 Wyndham 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.


To create greater opportunities for clubs to access Active
Club Grants, VicHealth is running two rounds of funding – the second of which
is closes on Friday 13 February 2015.


Sporting Club
Recipients – Round 1

Hobsons Bay Pirates
Softball $3,000.00

Werribee Bears Rugby
League Sports $3,000.00

Werribee Junior Cricket
Club $3,000.00

Westbourne Grammarians
Football Club contribution $3,000.00

Wyndham Warriors BMX
Club $3,000.00


VicHealth media: Helen Walsh, Senior Media Officer: 0435 761 732 or
03 9667 1319