Five hills sporting clubs will share in $750,000 to give women and girls more opportunities to get active.
The VicHealth funding will support new teams or programs and provide equipment to help clubs grow with their communities.
The grants will introduce social, flexible and accessible sporting programs to influence more locals to try out a new sport regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background.
“We’re thrilled to be able to support local clubs in Monbulk to provide more opportunities for the community to get active through a sport they enjoy,” VicHealth Acting CEO Dr Lynn Roberts said.
Belgrave Football Netball Club will receive $2822 for new equipment and uniforms for a women’s football team for all ages and confidence and ability levels.
Monbulk Football Netball Club will receive $9788 for new equipment, uniforms, instructor training, promotion, team affiliation and registration to introduce a female football team for adults, parents of children who play, and people who are new to the game.
The side will also provide a sustainable pathway for young women from junior football teams.
South Belgrave Football Club will use its $2817 grant for uniforms to help introduce a female football team for women.
Upper Ferntree Gully Football Club will use $3000 for uniforms to support new women’s and under-18 girls’ teams, which will complete the club by separating juniors from seniors.
Upwey Tecoma Bowls Club will be receive $3000 for new equipment to introduce Bowls Victoria’s Bowling with Babies program for young mums and expecting parents.
“Taking part in community sport is a great way to make new friends and get active with others while also improving your own health and wellbeing,” Monbulk MP James Merlino said.
“I encourage everyone in Monbulk to look at what opportunities are available for them to get involved in.”