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VicHealth looks to enhance This Girl Can campaign in regional Victoria
Mindful of specific problems of inactivity and obesity outside of Melbourne, health promotion foundation VicHealth is encourage activity among women in regional Victoria with $4.5million in new funding.
The three-year funding will be shared by nine Regional Sport Assemblies to make sport and physical activity more accessible and attractive to regional teenagers, and women inspired to get active by VicHealth’s This Girl Can - Victoria campaign.
The funding will be used to introduce sport activities for local teenagers such as surfing, sailing and skateboarding with Regional Sports Assemblies will also help local clubs deliver new female-friendly activities, like sports programs for new mums.
The funds will also be used to make sports clubs more inclusive for women and girls, by identifying quick, simple and cost-effective changes like scheduling women and girls’ matches on the main grounds and promoting women’s sport on social media.
In addition to providing more opportunities for women, girls and young people to get active, some Regional Sports Assemblies will work to improve participation rates of other community groups, such as children, men aged over 30, and less active adults.
Explaining that it is critical that sports clubs get support to be more welcoming and attractive to women, young people and less active Victorians, VicHealth Chief Executive Jerril Rechter advised “as part of our This Girl Can - Victoria campaign, we’ve heard from so many Victorian women who’ve gone to a sports club or gym and never gone back because they’ve felt intimidated, embarrassed and ashamed.
“It only takes one bad experience - whether that’s being mocked by other members to being ignored by a coach or instructor - to make a woman feel like she never wants to try a sport or physical activity again.
“Over 90% of teenagers aren’t getting an hour of physical activity every day to benefit their health and half of teens drop out of sport when they turn 15.
“We know sports clubs want to get more people in their community involved in their sport, which is why we’re working with them to make their clubs more accessible to everyone - regardless of their gender, age, ability, cultural background or what they look like.”
Rechter said the program aimed to address declining rates of physical activity and the associated impact on the health of Victorians, adding “less than a third of us do enough physical activity in a week to benefit our physical health and mental wellbeing.
“This funding is about making sport and physical activity fun, accessible and local for less active regional Victorians.
“Regional Sports Assemblies have such fantastic knowledge of their local areas so we’re proud to work with them to meet the physical activity needs of regional Victoria.”
Image courtesy of Great Places to Stay.
30th June 2018 - Local sports clubs to benefit from VicHealth funding
22nd April 2018 - VicHealth campaign looks to overcome barriers to women’s activity
4th April 2018 - Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign makes Australian debut
14th February 2018 - New VicHealth program aims to get inactive teenagers away from their screens
1st February 2018 - VicHealth announces Active Club Grants to get more Victorians moving
5th December 2017 - VicHealth funding to back sports clubs meet demand for women’s sport
3rd April 2017 - YMCA backs ‘Girls Make Your Move’ campaign with free gym access
4th September 2016 - New VicHealth funding to back fun and female activity
10th August 2015 - VicHealth commits $1.8 million to get 25,000 women active
26th June 2013 - Ararat gym facilities to feature in The Biggest Loser season nine
17th July 2012 - Geelong recognised for obesity prevention
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