Local clubs score funds

THERE are more opportunities for people to get active and healthy with three Sale sporting clubs securing funding from VicHealth.

Sale Tennis Club ($3000), Wellington Hockey Club ($2999) and Sale United Football Club ($2775) have secured funds to help improve inclusiveness in their respective sports.

VicHealth grants support clubs to introduce 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.

Wellington Hockey Club will introduce an all-abilities program for people living with disabilities to engage in fun, modified hockey training and games.

Sale Tennis Club will introduce a series of Tennis Australia’s Open Court sessions to encourage new or lapsed players to return at an entry-level session to practice tennis in a non-competitive environment with a focus on social games and enjoyment.

Sale United Football Club will introduce a new girls’ under 13s team, which also includes an opportunity to be mentored by the under 16s girls at the club.

Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien said Active Club Grants helped to create fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

“In these trying times of isolation and limited ability to socialise, the importance of participation in community sport for mental health is evident,” he said.

“Being involved in community sport is a great outlet for everyone, where you can make new friends and improve your own wealth and wellbeing.

“Local clubs and associations play such an important role in our community and I’m proud to support this funding to help them provide great opportunities for locals to get involved.”