Two Benalla sporting clubs have received grants through the 2018 VicHealth Active Club Grants program.
Benalla Hockey Club and Benalla Bowls Club have received the funding to help them encourage local people to get out and get moving.
State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan congratulated the clubs on their successful applications and said sporting clubs were about more than just sport.
‘‘The sense of connection and friendship that comes with being involved in a local club is an important part of what keeps our community together,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘The Active Club Grants program is about getting more people more involved in sport, particularly women who are not always as highly represented.
‘‘The Benalla Bowls club have received $2727 and the Benalla Hockey Club have received $2487 and it is exciting to hear of the initiatives these grants will help run.’’
Benalla Hockey Club is launching a fun summer social hockey program in February, where anyone over 10 years of age is welcome to play fun mini games of hockey on a quarter field.
Junior co-ordinator Lee Manning said the VicHealth grant would provide hockey sticks and shin pads, mini-goals and team singlets to replace the current hot and unappealing fluoro vests.
‘‘We’re rapt to receive this grant funding, which will transform summer hockey in Benalla to a modern program where all abilities are encouraged to just come along and have some fun on a Thursday evening in term one,’’ Lee said.
‘‘Hockey is played by all ages, and we have kids, mums, dads and grandparents all playing together in the winter competition. We hope our summer social hockey will get even more families out playing sport together.’’
Benalla Bowls Club’s grant will assist with the purchase of nine new sets of state-of-the-art bowls to use as part of a social barefoot bowls competition.
Benalla Bowls Club coach and co-ordinator Matthew Robertson said the grant would help get people interested and raise the profile of the game.
‘‘As a coach, it gives me the state-of-the-art equipment to be able to assist non bowlers in transitioning from social status to a playing member,’’ Mr Robertson said.
‘‘The bowls will also assist with school programs we run and help to get kids interested.
‘‘Barefoot bowls will be held every Friday night between 6 to 8pm to give the community something to do over the summer period.