Funding boost for Ripon sporting clubs

Many sports and active recreation clubs across Ripon will benefit from funding as part of round 1 of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program.

Many sports and active recreation clubs across Ripon will benefit from funding as part of round 1 of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley,said the grants, of up to $3,000 each, aim to increase physical activity by making it easier for clubs to reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment that help them to improve safety.

“In Victoria, half of all adults do not get enough exercise. As well as the physical benefits, research also shows that sport builds community pride and loyalty and offers people the chance to get involved, providing them with a positive sense of self-worth,” Ms Staleysaid.

“Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also makes us mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life.”

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said it was good to continue to support local sporting organisations.

“VicHealth is committed to tackling the tough issues – in particular the rising obesity levels in Victoria. To help combat this, we want to make physical activity participation part of everyday living, active recreation and organised sport. Our Active Clubs Grants in particular aim to make it a little easier for clubs to buy items or equipment to encourage people in the local community to join their club, and help them improve safety for those taking part,” she said.

“Sports and active recreation clubs in Riponare a great way for locals to get involved, meet new people and keep active for good health. We know from previous rounds these grants encourage community members to try a new activity, support them to join their local club or continue playing their favourite sport,” she said.

To create greater opportunities for clubs to access Active Club Grants, VicHealth is running two rounds of funding – the second of which is closes on Friday 13 February 2015.

Clubs in Ripon to have received grants

Amphitheatre Tennis Club - 30 x Tins of 4 balls 6 junior racquets 2 x first aid kits $2,940.00

Avoca Country Golf Bowling Club - Golf Balls Tees Bowls Mats Jacks $1,014.00

Charlton Bowling Club -1 Bionic Bowling Arm, 1 Jack Attack Kit, 4 Sets Bowls

and Bags $2,260.00

Charlton Croquet Club - 6 x mallets $1,200.00

Creswick Dance & Fitness -1 x Landing Mat, 2 x flick trainer, 1 x

first aid kit, 6 x yoga mat, $2,950.00

Donald Netball Club – x Gilbert Worksafe Match Netballs $3,000.00

Grampians Junior Basketball – Timing Device 3 1st Aid Kits $3,000.00

Maryborough & District Horse and Pony Club – Jarrett 1 x Portable dressage arena $1,682.00


Stawell Bowling Club INC -15 x white jacks, 30 x mats, 1 x bowls set, Jnr. Jack

Attack Kit 1 x portable first aid kit $2,650.00

Wedderburn Hockey Club Inc -1 x senior goalie equipment,

1 x age 11-14 goalie equipment, 1 x age 8-11 goalie equipment $2,875.00

For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, go to