Sanctuary Lakes Netball Club to Benefit from Grant

Sanctuary Lakes Netball Association will receive $1,000 to purchase 40 netballs through the VicHealth Active Club Grants program, Minister for Health and Member for Altona District Jill Hennessy announced today.

Sanctuary Lakes Netball Association was founded in 2009 by residents of Sanctuary Lakes and Point Cook to provide a space for local children to meet and get active. Starting with just one team of 10 girls, the club now has over 100 players and is a key part of the Point Cook community.

Almost 300 sports and active recreation clubs across Victoria will benefit from funding as part of the second round of the VicHealth Active Club Grants program.

The program recognises the important role local clubs and organisations play in increasing physical activity and helping communities stay connected. Grants of up to $3000 each help local clubs reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment to help them improve safety.

Clubs can apply for the grants to purchase sports injury prevention and management equipment such as first aid kits, armguards, helmets, apparatus matting and protective head gear, or essential sporting equipment such as uniforms, bats and balls, gloves or shin pads.

In total, 296 Victorian clubs – 160 clubs in regional and rural Victoria and 136 clubs in metropolitan Melbourne – will receive grants as part of this round of the VicHealth Active Club Grants program, totalling $690,000.

Including this round of funding, the VicHealth Active Club Grants program has provided a total of $1.3 million to 566 local sports and active recreation clubs in 2014-15.

For more information about the program, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health and Member for Altona District, Jill Hennessy

“We want to encourage more Victorians to be active, to get out and about, and to enjoy sports and recreation.”

“I’m thrilled that a local group will benefit from one of these grants. These grants not only promote sports and physical activity, they also support that real sense of community that comes from being part of a club.”

Media Contact Evelyn Ek 0412 887 853 | evelyn.ek@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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