07 June 2024

The Allan Labor Government is backing Mornington Peninsula sporting clubs to break down barriers to participation and get more community members involved in local sport. 
Member for Eastern Victoria Tom McIntosh today announced 11 Peninsula sports clubs would be among the recipients of the Sporting Club Grants Program, with more than 400 grants of up to $4,000 going to local clubs across the state. 
The Sporting Club Grants Program provides grants to clubs for uniforms and equipment that improve accessibility and engagement, projects that strengthen volunteering and officiating, new sport or recreation programs to inspire more people to get involved, and support for athlete travel to competitions. 
Mornington Life Saving & Swimming & Youth & Social Club received $2,000 to allow them to undergo advanced first aid and resuscitation skills training for volunteers, so they can take to the pool safely. 
Other recipients locally include the Mornington Croquet Club, whose $750 grant will allow one of their members to attend state squad activities, while the Mt Martha Bowls, Petanque & Social Club will be granted $1,000 to go towards an intitiative to boost bowls among young people. 
Grants under the scheme also include the Portsea and Sorrento Surf Life Saving Clubs, along with the Sorrento Football Netball Club, and Safety Beach Sailing Club.
Since 2015 the Sporting Club Grants Program has invested more than $16.7 million to support thousands of community sport and recreation clubs across the state, helping grow grassroots sport and recreation and ensuring clubs have the skills and resources they need to succeed. 
For more information on the grants and a full list of recipients visit 
Quotes attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence 
“We’re backing more clubs, volunteers and athletes across Victoria with grants to help them grow participation and serve their community in a way that matters to locals.” 
“These grants are opening up a range of opportunities on and off the field and ensuring clubs have the resources they need to encourage everyone to get involved in grassroots sport.” 
Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Tom McIntosh 
“We’ve funded clubs across the Peninsula to support a lift in participation.” 
“Things like safety rashies and first aid courses, along with funds to help their members get to representative competitions – we're making sure they can play the sports they love.” 
Quote attributable to Mt Martha Bowls, Petanque & Social Club Chairman Geoff Stewart 
“The Grant will contribute towards the Mt Martha Bowls, Petanque & Social Club Youth Initiative: ‘Rolling into Tomorrow’.
We are developing a sustainable youth pathway by firstly engaging youth through schools, through to social participation and training peer leaders to continue program delivery.”