Neil Angus MP, State Member for Forest Hill has congratulated local sporting club, East Burwood Tennis Club on its recent successful $1300 grant it will receive as part of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program for 2014/15.
Mr Angus, a former VicHealth board member, said the State grants program aims to increase physical activity in the community by making it easier for clubs to reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment that help them to improve safety of up to $3000 per grant.
“Half of Victorian adults need more exercise. The benefits of local sport are twofold. Local sport helps to build a stronger sense of community and offers people the opportunity to stay healthy, socialise and improve their outlook on life,” Mr Angus said.
“I am pleased East Burwood Tennis Club will be able to purchase four new tennis nets with the funding, to complement their terrific facilities at the East Burwood Reserve,” Mr Angus said.
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. During 2014-15, VicHealth ran two rounds of Active Club Grants, which saw a combined total of 566 clubs across Victoria share in over $1.3 million in grants,” she said.
“Sports and active recreation clubs in Forest Hill are 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.”
For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants, go to: www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub