VICTORIANS will have more opportunities to take part in community sport and improve their health and wellbeing thanks to over $737,000 in funding from VicHealth’s latest funding round.
18 Victorian basketball associations and clubs will get a share in Active Club Grant funding to provide more female teams and programs, as well as social sport options for less active Victorians.
The grants will also support social, flexible and accessible sports programs to encourage more people in the community to give sport a go, regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background.
Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos said the grants are a vital way to support more women and girls to get involved in community sport.
“We need to ensure our community sporting clubs are welcoming and inclusive places because every Victorian should have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of healthy, active lives.” she said.
VicHealth CEO, Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants are designed to give Victorian sporting clubs the boost they need to ensure they can support their community to be more active.
“We know that for many sporting clubs new equipment, a subsidised membership or funding for coaches could be the difference between having a team or not,” Dr Demaio said.
“While there is a growing number of women who are looking to step onto the field and join a club, there are still less opportunities for women and girls to play and participate in sport, which is why we’re supporting as many clubs and teams as possible to provide these important opportunities.
These grants will help get Victorians more active by offering modified or social versions of traditional sports, where your age, ability, background, lifestyle or gender isn’t a barrier to taking part.”
VicHealth research also shows many women feel intimidated to get involved in sport.
Fifty clubs will receive extra funding to promote VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign as part of a state-wide movement to empower women to get involved regardless of how good they are or how they look while getting active.
“Last year our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign encouraged over 400,000 Victorian women to get more active. These grants will help even more Victorian women to feel safe and confident to get out there and give sport a go.”
Dr Demaio said VicHealth was proud to support grassroots clubs and volunteers across Victoria to get more communities active and healthy.
“Playing sport is so good for our physical and mental health but we know not everyone in our community has the same opportunity to get involved,” he said.
“Active Club Grants create more opportunities to find a sporting activity you love, so we encourage everyone to check out what’s on in their local area and give it a go.
BASKETBALL GRANT RECIPIENTS – ACTIVE CLUB GRANTS OCTOBER 2019
Altona Gators Basketball Club $2,830.00
Altona Gators Basketball Club is introducing Gator Girls Academy to encourage more young girls to learn and enjoy playing basketball in a fun, encouraging and inclusive environment.
Benalla Basketball Association Inc. $3,000.00
Benalla Basketball Association is introducing a female only come and try program to introduce more junior girls to basketball.
Casey Basketball Association Inc. $2,012.00
Casey Basketball Association is introducing Girl’s Rule!, a club-led basketball initiative designed to increase female participation.
Colac Basketball Association $3,000.00
Colac Basketball Association is introducing an all abilities introductory basketball program for people with disabilities.
Craigieburn Basketball Association $2,500.00
Craigieburn Basketball Association is introducing Bounce into Action, a club-led initiative designed to introduce basic skills, knowledge and confidence to new basketball participants.
Dolphins Basketball Club Geelong Inc $1,900.00
Dolphins Basketball Club Geelong is introducing Come & plan – a club led initiative that will see three new teams created for girls to learn the fundamentals of basketball.
Knox Basketball Inc. $2,902.19
Knox City Basketball Club is introducing an all abilities basketball program where participants can develop confidence, fundamental skills and have the opportunity to make new friends whilst having fun in a socially inclusive environment
Lakes Entrance Amateur Basketball Association $3,000.00
Lakes Entrance Amateur Basketball Association is introducing social basketball for women and girls to play in a non-competitive way, be active and try something new.
Lalor Lions Sporting Club Inc $2,350.00
Lalor Lions Sporting Club is introducing a basketball program for children (aged 5-12) to learn basketball, and join into existing competitions. Parents are involved in fun enjoyable games.
Maccabi Victoria Basketball Inc $2,820.00
Maccabi Victoria Basketball is introducing a social basketball program to engage and re-engage female participants into basketball through a weekly social basketball group.
Melton Dragons Basketball Club $2,499.86
Melton Dragons Basketball Club are a new club and recruiting more girls aged 5 to 16 to take part in basketball competitions.
Rochester Basketball Association Inc $2,999.00
Rochester Basketball Association is encouraging more girls (aged 7-19) to play basketball, by providing fit-for-purpose female basketball jerseys/singlets.
Seymour Basketball Association $1,840.00
Seymour Basketball Association is introducing a new basketball team for adult women and a basketball team for Under 18’s. The club will also promote the This Girl Can Victoria campaign at their club as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active.
Sunbury Braves Basketball Club $2,690.79
Sunbury Braves Basketball Club is introducing an eight week program for up to 20 girls in the local area to learn how to play basketball.
Wangaratta Basketball Inc. $3,000.00
Wangaratta Basketball is introducing a social come and try competition to encourage new participants and work towards encouraging them to participate in summer competition basketball.
Warrandyte Basketball Association $1,000.00
Warrandyte Basketball Association is introducing Redbacks Rookies Basketball – designed to engage new participants to basketball through fun, informative and tailored clinics delivered on site at seven local primary schools
Whitehorse Amateur Basketball Association $3,000.00
Whitehorse Amateur Basketball Association is introducing the Mini Mustangs program, a club-led program to introduce children Under 8 to basketball in a fun environment. This includes reduced height rings to make the participant experience more enjoyable.
Wonthaggi Amateur Basketball Association Inc. $2,046.00
Wonthaggi Amateur Basketball Association is introducing four new teams into their women’s competition, to participate in their new stadium opening in 2020. The club will also promote the This Girl Can Victoria campaign at their club as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active.