Geoff Howard, Lochlan Stewart (Sebastopol Under 16s), Lachlan Lee (Sebastopol Under 12s) and Sharon Knight.

LOCAL sporting clubs are the big winners sharing in over $35,000 from the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program. Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard and Member for Wendouree, Sharon Knight, visited Sebastopol Football/Netball Club to celebrate the funding, which will help local clubs to purchase new uniforms, sporting and safety equipment. Grants of up to $3,000 and for the first time, up to $10,000, are available for local clubs in the 2015-16 funding rounds. In total, 263 Victorian clubs will receive grants as part of this round of the VicHealth Active Club Grants program, totalling $746,000.

The VicHealth Active Club Grants program puts up to $1.5 million each year towards helping communities get more physically active.

“VicHealth is committed to promoting good health in our community and preventing chronic disease,” Mr Howard said. “Prevention is the key to living a healthy and happy life, with regular physical activity one of the most effective ways to achieving a healthy lifestyle. “The Andrews Labor Government recognises the important role local sporting clubs play by increasing physical activity and helping communities stay connected. Local sporting clubs receiving funding from the latest round of the Active Club Grants program include: Ballarat Little Athletics Inc. 60 hurdles $6,190.00; Ballan Tennis Club Inc. 6x tennis nets (External Winder reinforced) 6x tennis net handle crank winders tennis balls (18cans x 4 balls) $2,714.00; Ballarat East Bowling Club Inc.6 x bowls sets $3,000.00; Elaine Cricket Club Inc. 6x cricket bats 4x cricket helmets 8 x cricket gloves 4 x cricket leg pads 3 x thigh guards 4 x cricket balls $2,538.00; Elaine Tennis Club Inc. 25 x polo shirts with club logo 25 x caps with logo 25 x hoodies with logo 48 x tennis balls tennis racquets $2,879.99; Meredith Cricket Club Inc. 3 x cricket team kits (including bats, pads, gloves, helmets, and wicketkeeping pads/gloves) 36 x match day balls 3 x stumps and bails sets, cones for training and boundaries, bowling arm and catching net $3,000.00; Sebastopol Football/ Netball Club Under 14 football jumpers $3,000.00; Alfredton Sports and Community Club 3 x junior jack attack kit $1,500.00; Ballarat North Bowling Club Inc. 5 x sets of lawn bowls of various sizes 4 x steady sticks both small and large 3 x bowling arms with bionic thumb release $2,710.00; Ballarat Redan Cricket Club 18 sets of cricket leg guards/pads 9 cricket helmets 9 cricket thigh guard 90 coloured cricket shirts $2,790.00; Ballarat Yacht club Incorporated 15 life vests for children age 6 to 12 6 soft marker buoys one professional first aid kit $2,130.00; WestVic Hockey Inc. 15 x alternate women uniform 34 alternate strips $3,000.00.