VicHealth dedicates $1.8 million to women’s health

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Netball Victoria will share in $1.8 million and deliver an innovative new program that will increase the number of women and girls participating in physical activity over the next two years.

VicHealth’s Changing the Game: Increasing Female Participation in Sport program will also fund the state organising bodies for AFL, tennis, surfing, gymnastics and cycling as each sporting code develops new initiatives to engage women and encourage participation.

Minister for Health, The Hon. Jill Hennessy is pleased with the commitment to women’s health in Victoria.

“Unfortunately, we know that girls and women are generally less active than men, particularly when it comes to participating in organised sport,” Minister Hennessy said.

“We need to do more to encourage girls and women to play sport and these projects will provide women with fun, flexible and social opportunities to be more active.”

Netball Victoria will introduce ‘Rock Up Netball’ in the coming months with a series of pilot programs. The initiative will provide fun and flexible sporting opportunities for women and girls aged over 15 who want to become more active.

Sessions will be tailored to the individual, offering ‘pay as you play’ activities suitable for both beginners and those who stopped playing netball but are interested in returning to the sport.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said that the program will also benefit women participating in sport at the elite level.

“Changing the Game goes beyond participation; VicHealth wants to change the conversation about women’s sport.”

“It’s about raising the profile of women’s sport in the media, championing the important role women all over Victoria and Australia play in sport’s leadership and management, and giving them the recognition that they and women’s sport deserve,” Ms Rechter said.

A recent VicHealth survey shows that three in five (62%) Victorians do not think women’s sport gets enough coverage in the media.

Netball Victoria is proud to assist VicHealth in their long-term plan to get more Victorians living healthier and happier lives.