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Get Out, Get Active funding open for women and girls in Queensland
The Queensland Government has committed $1.5 million to fund another round of Get Out, Get Active community-based activities over the next three years as part of its Start Playing Stay Playing initiative that aims to get women and girls active for life.
Following the success of round one of the program funded at $200,000, Queensland Sport and Racing Minister Bill Byrne said the $1.5 million commitment was the largest of its kind in Queensland and would provide the strongest launch pad for women and girls to foster life-long participation skills in recent years.
Minister Byrne stated “local councils are urged to apply for up to $20,000 under round two of Get Out, Get Active to provide opportunities for women and girls to participate in sport and active recreation.
“This builds on round one of the program which assisted 19 councils to provide more sport and active recreation participation opportunities for Queensland women.
“Through this funding we saw some wonderful projects get off the ground with women taking up free or affordable opportunities to make new activities more accessible.
“For instance Tai Chi and aqua aerobics were a hit in Moreton Bay while yoga and Zumba have gathered a loyal following in Port Douglas and Mossman.
“We’re now pleased to expand the program to cater for all women and girls and have no doubt this round will be just as popular.”
AFL Queensland has also lent its support to the program, with Chief Executive Michael Conlan adding “we are 100% behind activities and sports that encourage girls and women to get out and get active – it certainly enriches codes like AFL and it promotes a lifelong interest in health and fitness and in being an active participant in local clubs and communities.
“AFL as a sport for women is expanding every year with more than 51,000 Queensland women and girls strapping on the boots in 2014 representing a 30% increase in participation across all programs in 2014 from the previous year.
“So we think it is fantastic to see the State Government providing more opportunities for girls in particular to get active.”
Minister Byrne encouraged councils across Queensland to submit a proposal to help even more women and girls active in sport and recreation.
Funding applications for Round 2 opened on 8th July with proposal to be submitted by 20th August 2015.
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