- Healthy Sporting Club Program provides funding of up to $4,000 to club-run canteens
- 72 sport clubs across the State shared more than $228,208 in funding for this winter
Local sporting clubs are set to benefit from grants awarded under Healthway's Healthy Sporting Club Program.
Grants worth a total of $228,208 were awarded to 72 sporting clubs across the State to purchase canteen equipment and train canteen managers on how to provide more healthy food and drink options for members.
The Healthy Clubs initiative is a boost to local clubs planning for season activities as part of Phase 3 of the McGowan Government's COVID-19 Roadmap.
With the support of the Western Australian School Canteen Association, clubs will be provided with free training and support to prepare healthier menus in their canteens.
The Healthy Sporting Club winter grants will benefit clubs across football, rugby, soccer, basketball, horse and pony, BMX, swimming, netball, hockey and motorcycle riding. Some of the clubs receiving grants include:
- Belmont Junior Soccer Club (Inc) $3,269;
- Carnarvon Motorcycle Club $3,998;
- Exmouth Basketball Association Inc $1,445;
- Kwinana United Soccer and Social Club Inc $1,588;
- Guildford Kalamunda District Swimming Club $3,285;
- Narembeen Netball Club $3,983;
- Narrogin Dirt Bike Association $4,000;
- Victoria Park Xavier Hockey Club Inc $1,850; and
- Swan Valley Horse and Pony Club Inc $3,000.
Since the program started in 2019 there have been 158 Healthy Sporting Club Grants awarded, providing $534,034 in funding to metropolitan and regional clubs across WA.
It is a strong focus of the McGowan Government to promote healthy lifestyles and support health promotion initiatives.
The Healthy Sporting Club Program helps to shape and provide sustainable strategies for increasing healthy eating choices in the Western Australian community.
Visit https://www.healthway.wa.gov.au/about/approved-projects/ and search 'Healthy' to view all Healthway approved projects.
Applications for the 2020 Summer Healthy Sporting Club program will open in August 2020. For more information, visit http://www.healthway.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Proper nutrition is a foundation of sports performance and enjoyment.
"The Healthy Sporting Club Program is putting the right fuel in the tanks of Western Australians.
"I commend the clubs that applied for the grants for their willingness to educate themselves about the many benefits that come from healthy eating in a sporting environment."
Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
"The awarding of so many grants to deserving clubs as part of the Healthy Sporting Club Program will be a great boost to ensure Western Australians get what they need to succeed in their chosen sport during the winter season.
"I urge clubs to make sure they apply for the summer program."
Minister's office - 6552 6500