Local sporting clubs urged to apply for healthy food funding

Kicking goals: Last year's program run by Healthway assisted 86 sporting clubs across the state to access funding. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Kicking goals: Last year's program run by Healthway assisted 86 sporting clubs across the state to access funding. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

Esperance sports clubs are urged to apply for a share in $300,000 of state government funding to promote healthy eating.

The Healthy Sporting Club Program grants up to $4,000 to local sport club canteens to provide healthier food and drinks, purchase new canteen equipment and train canteen managers.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the initiative promoted a healthy lifestyle among competitors and spectators.

"Sport clubs are ideally placed to role model healthy behaviours, as healthy eating fuels a healthy body, improving physical performance both on and off the field," he said.

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray said community sport was a terrific vehicle to drive healthier and more active lifestyles.

"Local clubs deliver participants so many social and health benefits beyond the playing field," he said.

"This initiative adds yet another aspect to encourage young people to make healthier choices in all aspects of life."

As part of the 2019 program run by Healthway, more than $300,000 was distributed among 86 sporting clubs across the state in two rounds.

The Winter Healthy Sporting Club Program saw more than $184,000 shared among 51 sporting clubs across WA.

The summer program saw more than $120,000 shared among 35 clubs.

Applications can be made at healthway.wa.gov.au and close at midday on March 13.