STAWELL Football Netball Club’s female footballers will get a head start for next season thanks to an $1800 grant for uniforms and equipment.
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green announced on Monday that the Stawell Warriors 14 to 18-year-old girls football team had been successful in their application.
Warriors coach Andrew Bach said the grant would go towards getting specific training equipment for the girls’ side.
“They use different sized footballs. The grant will get some training equipment to keep it all separate and some bags to carry it in,” he said.
“It’s going to be very beneficial.
“It will help the girls to participate and hopefully get better at their skills and football.’
Mr Bach said 22 girls were currently involved in the team.
“They’ve improved from when we started training back 16 weeks ago,” he said.
“They have improved immensely. We have been surprisingly well supported at games, both by the home and visiting games.
“We’re really grateful for the grant.”
Warriors player Amy Hodgetts, age 16 from Stawell, said it was good to get the grant and get some new equipment to share so she didn’t have to wait in line.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing footy and there was an opportunity to pay when a local side started up,
“We’ve had a few wins this season but winning isn’t everything.”
The Warriors are due to play Horsham in the finals.
Stawell Golf Club was also awarded a $3000 grant to run MyGolf and PlayGolf programs.
The money was provided through VicHealth’s Active Club Grants.
Stawell Golf Club President Carole McKendrick said the money is critical for the clubs junior development.
“We have very few juniors involved in the club, so the grant will be used to buy equipment to encourage more kids to start playing golf,” she said.
“Juniors are the future of the club, so this money will help us do recruit and grow.”
Ms Green said the grants were to help people in the region engage in physical activity.
“Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also makes us mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life,” Ms Green said.
“Due to a lack of time, lack of confidence and societal pressures, many local people just aren’t fitting the recommended amount of physical activity into their week.
“With these grants, local sports clubs will be able to deliver a wider range of opportunities for everyone to get active, regardless of ability.”