The Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has welcomed $4.5million in new funding from health promotion foundation VicHealth, shared by nine Regional Sport Assemblies and aimed at supporting regional Victorians to get active.
The three-year funding is part of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign and will be administered locally by Sports Focus to make sport and physical activity more accessible and attractive to regional teenagers and women.
Ms Lovell said the This Girl Can campaign had been successful in increasing female participation in physical activity and the new funding will reinforce this in regional areas.
“As the local Regional Sport Assembly, Sports Focus will use their share of the funding to help local clubs deliver new female-friendly activities, like sports programs for new mums,” Ms Lovell said.
“It is critical that local sports clubs are supported to be more welcoming and attractive to women and young people and these funds will also be used to make sports clubs more inclusive for women and girls.”
In addition to providing more opportunities for women, girls and young people to get active, some Regional Sport Assemblies will work to improve participation rates of other community groups, such as children, men aged over 30, and less active adults.
Ms Lovell said that local sports clubs want to get more people in the community involved in their sport and this funding will make clubs more accessible to everyone regardless of their gender, age or cultural background.
“Sports Focus is a wonderful organisation that has such fantastic knowledge of the local sporting landscape and I am glad they are working with VicHealth to meet the physical activity needs of people throughout central Victoria.”
For more information about the Regional Sport Program, visit https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/programs-and-projects/regional-sport-program