To mark National Reconciliation Week and the annual Dreamtime at the G clash between Richmond and Essendon, the Victorian Government has kicked in $600,000 in funding for four programs to remove barriers to young Aboriginal people getting active.
The Government is ensuring everyone can play the sports they love, no matter where they live.
We also believe everyone deserves equal access to sport at all levels, regardless of their cultural background. That is why we’re getting on with breaking down barriers to sports participation.
The funding will deliver:
four additional cultural and recreational camps for Aboriginal youth, with a particular focus on children in out of home care
more sporting clubs grants to address cost barriers to participation such as travel, uniforms and equipment for Aboriginal youth
a cultural education program for sporting clubs, with a particular focus on junior clubs, at four pilot sites
additional investment to build state sporting associations cultural capacity, as well as building further participation opportunities.
We are also developing our state-wide plan to boost participation in sport and recreation for Aboriginal children and young people.
Within the adult Aboriginal population, only 38 per cent of men and 23 per cent of women participated in sport and physical activity.
This means poorer health outcomes including higher rates of avoidable diseases like Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease. This investment hopes to change that.