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Funding boosts local sports clubs in the Bendigo area

It will now be easier for Victorians living in Bendigo and the surrounding area to get active thanks to local sporting clubs sharing in over $750,000 in funding from VicHealth.

This funding will support local sports clubs to create more opportunities for women and girls to get active by offering new female teams or programs and providing equipment to ensure clubs can grow with their community. The grants will also support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background.

Building on the success of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, 61 clubs across Victoria will also receive funding to promote the campaign as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active.

The Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell said it was fantastic there would now be more activities, teams and opportunities for the community to get involved in sport.

“Active Club Grants will help create more opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” Ms Lovell said.

“Taking part in community sport is a great way to make new friends and get active with others while also improving your own health and wellbeing.”

Ms Lovell encourage everyone in the Bendigo area to look at what opportunities are available for them to get involved.

“I welcome this latest round of funding to make getting active easier for everyone, while supporting the clubs and associations that contribute so much to our great community,” Ms Lovell said.

VicHealth Acting CEO, Dr Lyn Roberts AO, said Active Club Grants have supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving in new ways.

“We’re thrilled to be able to support local sporting clubs in the Bendigo area to provide more opportunities for the community to get active through a sport they enjoy,” Dr Roberts said.

“The success of our This Girl Can –Victoria campaign shows that women and girls, as well as disadvantaged and less active groups, want to get active and socialise. These grants will help get more Victorians in the surrounding Bendigo area into the game by offering modified or social versions of traditional sport where your age, ability, background, lifestyle or gender isn’t a barrier to taking part.”

Local clubs funded in the Bendigo area include Axedale Golf Club, Elmore Tennis Club, La Trobe University Soccer Club Bendigo Campus, Neangar Park Golf Club, Castlemaine Golf Club, Bendigo Braves Basketball Club, Bendigo Ladies Basketball Association, Golden City Soccer Club, Muckleford Cricket Club, Sandhurst Football Netball Club and YCW Sporting & Social Club (Bendigo).

For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to

Media Contact:  Jason Kelly         0413 103 240  



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