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Reid Oval Activation

South West Sport has a long history of supporting people with a disability to get active through the Access for All Abilities program (AAA). However, thanks to a $50,000 Reimagine Health Grant from VicHealth, we have been working with the community of Warrnambool and with disability service providers to co-design an Accessible Active Participation Plan.

The project aims to reimagine what our communities look like and how they function for people with a disability to create more opportunities for active participation, social inclusion, and social connection. Ensuring that all members of our community have an opportunity to be included in sport and recreation to meet their needs.

What role do sports clubs have to play in this project? Over the coming weeks, we will be sending out an Access for All Abilities Club Survey, this will help us to understand what is happening within sports clubs and what support clubs and volunteers would need to start working in the Access for All Abilities space.

We want to hear from the whole community when designing this plan, especially from people with a disability, to ensure the program truly represents their needs. Our AAA Participation Survey is live now and can be found here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AAAParticipation. A critical step in this community engagement happened on the 6th of May when South West Sport took to the Reid Oval with year 5 & 6 Students from Merri River School. The students tested their skills at cricket, football and soccer, thanks to the generous volunteer and equipment support from Nestles Cricket Club, Brierly Christ Church Cricket Club, Warrnambool Wolves Soccer Club, and AFL Western District.

The day allowed the team to activate an existing community space to provide an active participation opportunity, but it gave us the opportunity to chat with the students and find out how they like to get active and what kids of participation opportunities they would like to see locally. All of this vital information and information collected through our AAA Participation Surveys for both participants and clubs will feed into the co-designed plan and help us reimagine a more active and accessible future in Warrnambool for people with a disability.

The organisation hopes to develop Accessible Active Participation Plans for the other local governments it supports if it can secure additional funding.

To keep up to date with the project, keep an eye on our socials.

Applications are open for JumpStart!

With less than a week to go in VicHealths second major investment #FutureHealthy, now is the time to apply. 

VicHealth is looking for clubs and organisations with novel ideas to build vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive spaces for physical activity and social connection.

If you’ve got a great idea that can support Victoria’s children and young people to improve their health and wellbeing, apply now! Click here to apply.  

With two grant pools available, your club has plenty of opportunities to access funding. 

Clubs could utilise smaller grants from $3,000$10,000 to remove a barrier to participation, such as new equipment, purchasing junior uniforms, or developing a new participation program. Find out how we can support you to create a participation program below. 

If your club is looking to develop an initiative to support more young people in getting active, get in touch with our Regional Sports Program Officer Ashleigh at ashleigh@southwestsport.com.au to see how South West Sport can support you in developing an idea, writing a grant application, and delivering your initiative.

If you are looking to develop an all-abilities program or to support young people with a disability to get active, contact our AAA Program Leader Helen at helen@southwestsport.com.au 

A second funding pool with grants up to $50,000 is also available. If you have a dream project for your club, let us know via the contact details above so we can support you with your application and your initiative. 

Application Close – March 17th, 2022.

VICHEALTH Active Club Grant – Closed 5th December

vichealth2Applications are now open for Active Club Grants – funding for sports injury prevention and management equipment; and essential sporting equipment/items. Grants of up to $3000 (excl. GST) per application are available.

NOTE: This is a change from previous years.

Active Club Grants recognise the important role local clubs/organisations play in increasing physical activity and helping communities stay connected. Priority will be given to applications from clubs/organisations who can demonstrate that cost is likely to be a significant barrier to sport and active recreation due to relative socioeconomic disadvantage and/or are committed to reducing injuries which prevent people from leading a more active lifestyle.

Who can apply?

Applications will only be accepted from clubs/organisations that facilitate or organise community-based sport and active recreation opportunities as one of their primary functions. Recipients of 2011-12 and 2012-13 Active Club Grants are NOT eligible.

More information

For further information or to apply for this grant online, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub

The funding round closes 4pm Thursday 5 December, 2013.

White Ribbon Day – 25th November 2013

White ribbon day

White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women. Through primary prevention initiatives and an annual campaign, White Ribbon Australia seeks to change the attitudes and behaviours that lead to and perpetuate family Violence, by leading social change.

Donations to White Ribbon Australia are tax deductible and will support the organisation’s vital work aimed at ending men’s violence against women.

Make your club part of the movement to prevent violence against women. Get some donations happening and show your support by;
-wearing a white uniform
-wearing a white armband
-getting your team to “take the oath”
-wearing white zinc cream
-swapping the traditional male/female roles at your club

For more ideas and to donate go to

White Ribbon Day
The one time you can swear in sport. Swear the oath to prevent violence against women


 Southern Grampians White Ribbon Day

When: 25th November, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Where: Melville Oval
Address: Market Place,
Hamilton, VIC 3300
Contact: Southern Grampians Shire Council
Megan Kruger
Ph: (03) 5573 0418

Southern Grampians Shire Council is facilitating a White Ribbon Day event at Melville Oval, hosted by local White Ribbon Day ambassador Paul Stanhope and will include a swearing of the oath, releasing of white balloons and a free BBQ lunch.


White Ribbon Day
The one time you can swear in sport. Swear the oath to prevent violence against women



Warrnambool White Ribbon Day Campaign

When: 18th November, 12:00pm to 26th November, 12:00pm
Where: Warrnambool Civic Green
Address: Corner Liebig and Timor St,
Warrnambool, VIC 3280
Contact: Womens Health & Wellbeing Barwon South West
Emma Mahony
Ph: (03) 5564 5786
Entry: FREE

The Womens Health & Wellbeing Barwon South West are holding various events to mark White Ribbon Day 2013.

1. Tree Project
Local organisations will sponsor a tree. Their logo and White Ribbon Day promotion will appear on white ribbons that will be draped around prominent local pines in the Warrnambool CBD (surrounding the Civic Green).

2. Cultural Project
The Warrnambool Art Gallery and Lighthouse Theatre will install large scale White Ribbon Day messaging over this time. Other interested organisations are invited to participate please contact as above.

3. Recreation Project The Warrnambool (ARC) Stadium and Aqua Zone will also install large scale White Ribbon Day messaging over this time to draw attention to the WRD campaign and provide a call for action.

White Ribbon Day
The one time you can swear in sport. Swear the oath to prevent violence against women