NINE Victorian basketball associations have received VicHealth Active Club Grants.
The grants will support social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go, regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background.
Ballarat Basketball have received a $10,000 grant to boost a range of inclusion and modified sports including people using wheelchair, with vision and hearing impairments and those with an intellectual disability.
Bendigo Basketball Association have also been awarded a $10,000 grant to aid in the introduction of Have a Wheelie Good Time– an entry-level wheelchair basketball program. It will also continue to promote This Girl Can– a state-wide movement to get more women active.
Altona Laverton Eagles Basketball Association, Bendigo Ladies Basketball Association, Bushrangers Basketball Victoria, Hampton Park Basketball Association, Western Sports Club of Melbourne, Westgate Basketball Association and Westside Suns Basketball Club have also received funding grants.
VicHealth Acting CEO, Dr Lyn Roberts AO said the grants will help bring more women and girls to community sports, while having fun and making new friends along the way.
“Victorian women are half as likely as men to play sport, which it’s important to level the playing field and provide more opportunities for women and girls to take part in the sports they love,” Dr Roberts said.
“We also know many women feel intimidated to get involved in their local club, which is why we’re supporting clubs to promote This Girl Can – Victoria so women can feel comfortable to get involved regardless of their skill level or appearance.
“Last year our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign encouraged 285,000 Victorian women to get active. These grants will help even more Victorian woman to feel confident to get out there and give sport a go.”
Dr Roberts said VicHealth was proud to support hardworking grassroots clubs and volunteers across Victoria to get more Victorians active and healthy.
“Playing sport is so good for our physical and mental health but we know not everyone in our community has the same opportunity to get involved,” she said.
“These grants will help get more Victorians into the game by offering modified or social versions of traditional sport where your age, ability, background, lifestyle or gender isn’t a barrier to taking part.
“Active Club Grants create more opportunities to find a sport activity you love, so we encourage everyone to check out what’s on in their local area and give it a go.”
For more information on VicHealth’s Active Club Grants or the full list of local clubs receiving grants, please visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub.