VicHealth Active Club Grants – opening 21 August 2017

Round 1 of the VicHealth Active Club Grant program for 2017-2018 will open on 21 August 2017 and close on 22 September 2017.

Last year, VicHealth introduced an exciting new direction for Active Club Grants to get more people physically active through community sport, including two outcome areas:

Outcome area 1: Female participation:

  •  Almost half as many women take part in organised sport compared to men, and women are most likely to stop playing sport as teenagers.
  • There is more momentum in female sport than ever before, but we need to offer more opportunities for women and girls to get involved in sport at the community level.
  • VicHealth funding is available to support clubs to implement initiatives that will engage more women and girls in sport, including establishing new teams, programs or competitions specifically for women and girls.

Outcome area 2: Participation in social and modified forms of sport:

  • Many Victorians are looking for sport opportunities that fit within their lifestyle. Funding is available for clubs to establish a social or modified sport program for less active Victorians.
  • Social sport includes flexible, social and less structured opportunities, with a focus on fun and social interaction. Modified sport includes making changes to sports activities to best suit the needs and abilities of inactive or somewhat active people, and increase the accessibility of activities to a wider audience.

Grant details

Clubs can apply online from 21 August at

East Gippsland Specialist Schools takes out inaugural Sale All Abilities Netball Schools Carnival

East Gippsland Specialist School has been crowned the inaugural All Abilities Netball Schools Champions (Eastern Region) with a close win over Baringa Specialist School.

The mixed netball carnival held at Gippsland Regional Sports Complex featured 8 teams from 5 specialist schools across the Gippsland region.  Despite strong winds, the netball skills and match play on display was of the highest quality and was especially impressive given many of the players had not played netball competitively before.

Winners East Gippsland Specialist School benefited from 3 weeks of netball training with Netball Victoria’s Sporting Schools coach, Amy Harrison leading up to the carnival as part of overall All Abilities Schools netball initiative from Netball Victoria and GippSport.

Netball Victoria Community Development Manager, Kiemi Lai, hailed the support of GippSport and the five schools across the region in making the day a success.

“It was great to All Abilities netball showcased at our Schools Championships,” Lai said.

“It was good to see all the hard work done in the background from Gippport and our Eastern Regional Development Team pay off today…There were some talented players playing and given a little more encouragement, I believe they could play in our Marie Little Shield Team (Victorian State Netball Team for people with intellectual disabilities) in the near future.”

It is hoped the All Abilities Netball Schools Carnival will be an annual event on the schools’ sports calendar and will grow to include more students with disabilities from mainstream and specialist schools across the region in the future.

Netball Victoria will also be hosting All Abilities Netball Schools Championships in Wangaratta and Werribee over the coming weeks.

Final Results

1st vs 2nd playoff: East Gippsland Red (7) defeated Baringa Specialist School (5)

3rd vs 4th: East Gippsland Green (1) defeated Sale & District Specialist School (0)

5th vs 6th: Sale & District Specialist School (3) defeated East Gippsland Yellow (0)

Equal 7th: South Gippsland Specialist School & Bass Coast Specialist School


Social Media at Your Club

Social media can be a great tool to promote your club, to share positive news, events and photos with friends, family, existing and potential new members and sponsors. However if mismanaged it may result in inappropriate, potentially damaging consequences to individuals and your clubs reputation.


  • Blow your own trumpet! Share what your club is proud of, positive achievements on and off the field.
  • Have fun! It’s social, so engage with your players, fans, local league, news and sports assembly social media.
  • Share a diverse range of images and stories from on and off the field, including volunteers, spectators, women, children, past players, positive  social and community activities.
  • Be aware of your clubs Social Media Policy and any consequences of poor off field behavior.


  • Trash talk others or post embarrassing images including your opposition, players, clubs, and umpires. Understand the consequences.
  •  Overdo it and flood people’s social media with annoying, repetitive and/or irrelevant posts.
  •  Post embarrassing, negative or inflammatory images or comments about anyone, including your own teammates, opposition players, spectators, umpires or coaches.
  • Share images of others without their permission, especially children.

For more information contact GippSport  T (03) 5135 8335 E

Latrobe City Roller Derby hosts the 2017 Victorian Roller Derby Tournament

The thrills and spills of live Roller Derby are coming to the Latrobe Valley!

Following a very successful hosting of the 2016 Grand Final event, Latrobe City Roller Derby are excited to host Round 7 of the ‘Statewide Stampede’ Victorian Roller Derby competition on Saturday August 5th at Stadium 34 in Moe. Latrobe City Roller Derby’s very own Messacre and Rolling Matilda’s Captain, Maulin Brando, will gear up for Team Regional Victoria to take on the might of Ballarat Roller Derby League’s Rat Pack in Game 3 at 1.50pm. 

Join the Latrobe City Roller Derby for 4 games of crashing, skill and athleticism, team work and strategy at play as well as a fun developmental scrimmage, in this unique one day event. Latrobe City Roller Derby will be showcasing local businesses in our market stalls inside the stadium as well as their infamous ‘Epic Raffle’. This family focused community event will have plenty of activities for the kids, giveaways, and trackside seating available, and all are invited to come along and enjoy the day. With the continued support of Latrobe City Council, Moe Racing Club and the Department of Sport and Recreation Victoria, funds raised from this event will help Latrobe City Roller Derby in their efforts to renovate their Traralgon training ‘shed’ and to fund new developmental programs for Gippslander’s wishing to try out this ‘sport with a difference’. 

Event will run from 9.30 AM to 6.30 PM at Stadium 34 in Moe, with further event information available on the Latrobe City Roller Derby Facebook page.

Statewide Stampede is proudly supported by Skate Victoria.

FIFA 11+ Injury Prevention Clinics are coming to Gippsland

FIFA 11+ is an effective injury prevention program developed by FIFA. Designed as a complete warm-up, it can be done in place of a regular warm-up before training/games and includes specific strengthening exercises and drills to reduce the likelihood of injuries in football players. The exercises are designed to improve strength in the lower limbs and core, greater neuromuscular control and awareness throughout a range of motions.

Workshops will be held throughout the 2017 season to teach coaches and players how to effectively introduce and continue to use the program. For now, Football Federation Victoria are targeting female teams aged 12+.

For more information on FIFA 11+ please visit

Date: Thursday 3rd August,
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Latrobe City Sports Stadium

Date: Saturday 5th August
Time: 11am
Venue: Mary MacKillop Catholic College


Grant Writing Tips For Your Club

When searching and applying for grants, planning goes a long way.  It is important to know what your club needs, when you need it and how much it will roughly cost.  It is important then, to develop a plan.

  • Know what your Club wants to do and why.
  • Identify suitable grants and read the guidelines carefully to make sure your club meets the criteria requirements.
  • Find supporting Information to back up your application e.g. letters of support and required quotes.
  • Clearly define the problem or program that requires the funding and the solution the funding will provide

Don’t forget to check out our grants page!
Government Grants
Other Grants

For more information and assistance contact your nearest GippSport staff member on 5135 8335 or