Sport over screens: New program to get teens active

A new report from VicHealth has shown teenagers are struggling to do even an hour of physical activity a day and are almost five times more likely to be on their smartphone or tablet than being active.

The report highlights 92 percent of teenagers aren’t meeting the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines of an hour of physical activity every day. In contrast the average teenager spends more than three hours a day on screens like smart phones and ipads.

In response the health promotion body has announced up to $6million in new funding over three years to get teens moving as part of its Growing Participation in Sport program.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said teenagers often dropped out of sport because it stops being fun and starts being competitive.

“Playing sport is a really fun and social way for our kids to keep active, but we know that sport participation halves when they hit their teenage years.

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ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Community Grants

ANZ Tennis Ambassador Dylan Alcott encouraging access to Tennis for all kids

The ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Community Grant is open until  Wednesday, 28th February 2018.  To be eligible your club or venue does need to be affiliated with Tennis Australia and deliver ANZ Tennis Hot Shots.

Once affiliated to start delivering ANZ Tennis Hot Shots your club can either:

  1. Have a qualified Tennis Australia coach sign up and deliver the program
  2. If you don’t have access to a coach, Community Play enables you to also run the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program

For more assistance on this please contact or call 1800 752 983.

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Community Grant – APPLY NOW


Wangaratta Community Grants

Rural City of Wangaratta Community Grants Program Major Category – NOW OPEN

The Community Grants Program supports community groups and organisations to carry out programs and projects that will develop and enhance the social, cultural and environmental experience of local residents.

The Community Grants Program Major Category provides grants up to $15,000.

Applications open Thursday 25th January 2018 and close on Friday 23rd February 2018. 

Please feel free to contact Council’s Community and Recreation Unit to discuss any aspects of your project proposal or application.


Phone: 03 5722 0888

Council’s Community Project Officers will be hosting a Community Grants Roadshow and invite all applicants to join them at the following locations to discuss project ideas and applications.

Monday 5th February Everton Hall, Everton 10am – 11am
Monday 5th February Wangaratta Government Centre – Foyer 2pm – 3pm
Tuesday 6th February Whitty Café, Whitfield 10am – 11am
Thursday 8th February Wangaratta Government Centre – Foyer 3pm – 4pm
Friday 9th February The Vintage Hall Café, Glenrowan 10am – 11am
Monday 12th February Wangaratta Government Centre – Foyer 11am – 12pm