Regional Sport Program

VicHealth is enabling more people in regional Victoria to be physically active in healthier sporting environments.

The Regional Sport Program 2018-21 is an investment under the VicHealth Physical Activity Strategy 2018-23 that aims to engage less active Victorians in rural and regional areas in sport, as well as promote greater gender equity in our communities. 

South West Sport works with local partners to create more opportunities for less active Victorians to be physically active through sport and active recreation with focus on young people (12-17) and women and girls.

In particular, South West Sport will:

  • Support Clubs to implement social or modified sport programs for young people (12-17) or women and girls (e.g. State Sporting Association programs)
  • Address gaps in participation pathways by supporting Clubs to introduce new teams, programs or competitions for young people (12-17) or women and girls
  • Support clubs to use club facilities and venues as places for delivering active recreation opportunities (e.g. Yoga in Bowls Clubs)
  • Promote This Girl Can – Victoria:  an empowering campaign from

    VicHealth, based on Sport England’s highly successful This Girl Can campaign (which motivated a whopping 3.9 million women in England to take their fitness into their own hands)

  • Encourage Clubs to undertake a Gender Equity Checklist and commit to two actions that may be small in effort, but big in impact.

Physical Activity Programs Under the Regional Sport Program:

South West Sport has partnered with many different clubs and organisations to help organise and promote opportunities for more people to be more active, more often.
Some of these initiatives have included;
 – Bowling with Babies
 – Rock Up Netball
 – SWITCH (Strengthening Women In Touch)
 – Women’s Cricket (Incl. Social Sixes)
 – Junior Female Cricket
 – Girls Love Ultimate
 – Pickleball
 – Soccer Mums
 – Squash & Racquetball GO!
 – Tennis 4 Teens
 – Virtual Events
 – LGBTIQA+ Inclusion
 – Youth Sport Tasters