Eight Geelong sports clubs will share in almost $20,500 funding as part of Round 1 under VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program that will help buy equipment and safety gear to assist towards increasing participation rates.

Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon said the grants, of up to $3,000 each, aim to increase physical activity by making it easier for clubs to reach out to new participants and fund items or equipment that help them to improve safety.

Clubs to benefit from the latest funding round include:

  • Deakin Athletic Club Inc
  • Deakin Baseball Club
  • Bareena Bowling club
  • Geelong BMX Club
  • Geelong  City Cricket Club
  • Geelong  Hockey Association
  • Geelong Sharks Swim Club
  • Newtown City Hockey Club


Mr Katos said the funding will provide much needed equipment to assist local Clubs to help attract new members.

“Regular physical activity not only protects against many illnesses, it also makes us mentally healthy, alert and resilient against the stresses of modern life,” Mr Katos said.

“Sports and active recreation clubs in the Geelong region are a great way for locals to get involved, meet new people and keep active for good health.

“We know from previous rounds these grants encourage community members to try a new activity, support them to join their local club or continue playing their favourite sport,” he said.

Mr Katos encourages local Geelong and Surf Coast Clubs to make a funding application under Round Two of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants program which is due to close on Friday 13 February 2015.

To apply for round two visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub or contact the electorate office of Andrew Katos on 5244 2288 for further information.