Three Sunraysia groups get sports funding

Even more people in Mildura will have the opportunity to get physically active thanks to a Victorian Government funding boost to three local sport and recreation organisation run initiatives to encourage more active and healthy communities.

Announcing the second phase of the 2011 Country Action Grant Scheme and Victalent funding, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hugh Delahunty said the grants helped strengthen grassroots sport and recreation organisations within rural and regional communities.

“These grants go a long way to help these organisations increase their skills base, and improve their administration and program delivery so they can provide even better sports opportunities for their communities,” Mr Delahunty said.

“A recent VicHealth study has shown that cutting physical inactivity by five per cent would save 1,000 lives nationally and result in 3,000 fewer cases of illness every year.

“Supporting local organisations to operate more effectively is just one of the many ways the Victorian Government is ensuring even more Victorians get their chance to play sport and get active, more often.

“For officials, coaches, athletes and teams who travel extensively, the Victalent grants also help Victorians maximise their potential by contributing to travel costs in order to train and compete,” he said.

Successful organisations receive up to $5000 through the Country Action Grant Scheme and/or one or two Victalent grants of $500 for travel assistance.

Mr Delahunty said 136 projects would benefit from a share of $175,000 in the second phase of the 2011 grants programs.

This funding is additional to the 2011 first phase investment of more than $180,000 announced in January 2011.

In Mildura the following projects have been funded:

  • Sunraysia Rugby League’s strategic plan to grow Sunraysia Rugby League Inc.
  • The Mildura Alcheringa Pony Club’s VicTalent program
  • Sunraysia Academy of Sport’s VicTalent program

Member for Mildura, Peter Crisp, said the programs recognise the important role local sport and recreation organisations play in supporting grassroots sport and nurturing local talent.

“By investing in great initiatives like these we can encourage more people to get involved in sport and recreation; strengthening communities and improving our overall collective well being,” he said.

This story appeared on the Independent Star Website 16/05/2011.

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