Sporting Clubs in south west Victoria will receive funding to encourage more Aboriginal Victorians to play the sports they love.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced three clubs will share in more than $34,000 across Victoria from the first round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Sporting Club Grants Program.
The recipients include:
- East Warrnambool Football Netball Club – $1000 for uniforms
- West Vic Eels Netball Team – $1000 for equipment
- Kirrae Health Services Inc – $1000 for uniforms
The Aboriginal Participation category aims to break down barriers and make it easier for Aboriginal Victorians to get involved in grassroots sport, including travel assistance to compete in local competitions or carnivals.
Within the adult Aboriginal population, only 38 per cent of men and 23 per cent of women participated in sport and physical activity. This investment hopes to change that.
The new Aboriginal Participation grants are helping 37 local clubs across the state increase participation in sport and recreation for Aboriginal young people.
Grants of up to $750 are available for travel and up to $1,000 to buy new team uniforms or equipment. In addition, grants of up to $2,000 are available to expand the skills of coaches and officials.
Clubs can also receive up to $5,000 for initiatives that strengthen their operations and grow their membership.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP
“We know that at a grassroots level, more work needs to be done to help Aboriginal kids get more active and play the sports they love.”
“We’re proud to help these clubs provide uniforms and equipment for their players.”
“This is about bridging cultural divides through sport and creating more accessible and inclusive clubs for all right here in Western Victoria.”