Sport Clubs in Ripon receive funding to get more people physically active

Sporting and recreation clubs across Ripon have received a share in almost $1 million in the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants, to help get Victorians more physically active.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley said the grants, of up to $10,000 each, will make a significant difference to the local communities.

“Successful applicants can now put this money towards essential equipment and safety gear in a bid to encourage participation in physical activity.

“Sports and active recreation clubs are a great way to find like-minded people in your local community and get the recommended two-and-a-half hours per week of moderate exercise for adults” Ms Staley said.

“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 important to support local sporting organisations.

“Less than half of adult Australians are currently getting enough physical activity to benefit their health. Our goal at VicHealth is to get 300,000 more Victorians taking part in physical activity by 2023,” Ms Rechter said.

“In the last 10 years alone, VicHealth has provided more than $14 million to thousands of Victorian organisations through our Active Club Grants, providing more than one million club members with access safer and better-equipped clubs,” she said.

“Sports and recreation clubs in the Ripon electorate are a great way for people to get more physically active, as well as make new friends. 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.”

Local grant recipients include:

Club Amount
Creswick Imperials Cricket Club Inc $2,842.50
Great Western Football/Netball Club $2,310.00
Mount Cole Equestrian Association Inc. $2,150.00
Ararat Swimming And Lifesaving Club Inc. $1,020.58