53 bowls clubs earn VicHealth grants
Fifty-three Victorian bowls clubs have received a total of $166,000 in funding in the latest round of VicHealth Active Club Grants.
Glen Waverley BC received a $10,000 grant, while 52 other clubs received $3,000 grants for equipment to help run programs to boost participation in bowls.
Bowls Victoria Chief Executive Graeme Bridge thanked VicHealth for their support of bowls, saying it is an outstanding result for Victorian bowls and bowls clubs.
Access to grants such as these is a key benefit of affiliation with Bowls Victoria – something 53 of our clubs can now attest to being a most worthwhile investment.
Victoria’s four Regional Bowls Managers have been pivotal in helping to drive this opportunity to clubs and assisted through the application process.
Bowls Victoria also has a dedicated Participation and Club Development Manager in Scott Nicholas, who is able to assist clubs with effective strategies to make the most of their participation grants.
Bowls Victoria is currently working with clubs to put together Participation Action Plans.
Many of the clubs will hopefully have their new equipment in train for Bowls Victoria’s official Play Bowls Month planned for October 2016 – full details of which will be announced by Bowls Victoria in July.
Glen Waverley, who cleverly used a video to support their funding application, will use the grant to purchase new bowls equipment to be used during their Try Bowls days.
State member for Mount Waverley, Michael Gidley MLA, who is also the club’s patron, was at Glen Waverley BC’s announcement of their $10,000 grant.
He joined Glen Waverley President Dick McClelland and Marilyn Russell, who produced the short promotional video in support of the club’s submission to VicHealth and was instrumental in gaining the maximum grant of $10,000.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter says the money will make a significant difference to the clubs and local communities.
“Successful applicants can now put up to $10,000 towards essential equipment and safety gear in a bid to encourage participation in physical activity,” Ms Rechter says.
“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.
“Our goal is to get 300,000 more Victorians taking part in physical activity by 2023.”
Click here for the full list of Victorian bowls clubs which have received funding via this round of VicHealth Active Club Grants.
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