Sporting clubs in Bendigo will receive a share in more than $485,000 in funding as part of the latest round of health promotion foundation VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, an initiative encouraging more Victorians to get physically active.
Building on the momentum generated by VicHealth’s successful This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, the new funding will help local sport clubs across Victoria deliver more opportunities for women and girls to get active. The grants will also provide more social, flexible and accessible sport programs as well as more opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities to take part in sport.
Member for Northern Victoria Region Wendy Lovell said the local grants will make a significant difference to the recipient sporting clubs and help more local residents get involved in community sport.
“Being part of a local sports club is a fantastic way for locals in the electorate to feel connected to their community and embrace a healthy lifestyle,” Ms Lovell said.
“With these Active Club Grants, local sport clubs will be able to deliver a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get active no matter their age, gender or ability.
“Regular physical activity is a vital part of our overall health and wellbeing as it protects against many illnesses and helps us to be mentally healthy by connecting us to others in our community,” Ms Lovell said.
“I welcome this new funding to support our hardworking grassroots sporting clubs that are making it easier for people to be active.”
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the grants will help more residents to make physical activity part of their day – to – day life.
“Our Active Club Grants will mean more opportunities for locals in Bendigo electorate to get moving in a fun, inclusive and social environment,” Ms Rechter said.
“We continue to see a growth in the number of women and girls playing sport, so it’s fantastic to see local clubs responding to this demand by delivering more opportunities for women and girls and less active Victorians to give sport a go.”
“We’re proud more residents will be able to get involved in the sports they’re passionate about while connecting with their local community.”
Local clubs funded in the Bendigo include:
Axe Creek Cricket Club – $3,000 to introduce a modified cricket program for teenagers and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Eaglehawk Cricket Club – $3,000 to establish a new female youth and women’s cricket program.
Eaglehawk Football/Netball Club – $6,052 to introduce new female football team and social exercise program.
Golf Central Victoria – $10,000 to create a “virtual women’s golf club” to allow new female participants to find and play with other women regardless of where they live.
West Bendigo Cricket Club – $2,591 to introduce a new senior female cricket team.
Bendigo Senjuns Hockey Club – $1,184 to introduce a new Under 13 girls team.
Golden Square Bowling and Croquet Club – $2,531 to introduce Mothers & Daughters Croquet in partnership with local schools.
For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to