MONTROSE FOOTBALL CLUB INC CLUBS WIN GRANTS FOR WOMEN AND SOCIAL SPORTS

Montrose Football Club Inc has won a $3,000 grant to help more women and girls play the sport they love.

Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP today announced the Monbulk electorate recipient of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program.

The program is all about boosting access to grassroots sport and recreation so even more people can enjoy the benefits of a healthier and happier lifestyle.

These grants will help clubs establish new activities, competitions and programs that encourage more women and girls to get out on the pitch, and assist clubs that are starting up a social or modified sport program.

Some 145 clubs across the state have shared in $400,000 to buy vital sports equipment, uniforms and safety gear that will encourage more people to participate in sport and recreation.

The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to grow women’s participation in sport, so female athletes have the same opportunities and the same facilities as everyone else.

We’re the sporting state, and it doesn’t happen by chance. Our $100 million Community Sports Infrastructure Fund is helping communities all over Victoria to upgrade tired facilities and build the great grassroots venues they deserve.

The fund includes $10 million for Female Friendly Facilities to build or upgrade women’s change rooms, meaning female players will never again have to use make-shift areas to prepare for competition and training.

This is the biggest ever investment in women’s participation in sport by an Australian state government.

Last month we unveiled our new Change Our Game campaign to help more women and girls earn leadership roles in sport such as coaches, officials, board members and senior executives.

Labor’s Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019 outlines key priorities over four years to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians, particularly the most disadvantaged.

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP

“We want everyone in the Monbulk electorate to get active and embrace a healthy lifestyle, no matter what age or ability.”

“Congratulations to Montrose Football Club Inc who have won this grant to get more people moving and involved in new and fun social ways of playing sport.”

“For too long female sport participation rates have been lower than males. We’re fixing that, creating more opportunities for women and girls to play sport and building the world-class facilities they deserve.”

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