Older Territorians are a vibrant part of our community. Now the Coalition Government is calling on sporting and community organisations to develop sporting programmes targeted at the over 65s.
The Move It Aus – Better Ageing grants programme has been launched by Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie, enabling national sporting organisations, along with non-government and local government organisations to apply for grants up to $2 million to deliver programmes to Australians over 65.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, is encouraging all NT organisations to apply for funding from this national $22.9million program aimed at getting older Territorians active.
“We know Australia’s population is ageing and we know how important physical activity is to combat chronic disease and keep our seniors happier and healthier,” Senator Scullion said.
“I encourage eligible organisations to build on existing programmes or devise new initiatives that will improve the lives of older Territorians. It’s so important for our older Territorians to be connected socially in our community and this is a great chance to either start some physical activity or continue to Move It.
“It might be anything from a swimming or aqua programme group to organised sporting competition; the key is making sport and activity suitable to those over 65.”
“The Country Liberals wants older Territorians to have the same opportunities and sporting programmes that young Territorians do. This mean they are getting out of the house, being active and enjoying sport within their community.
“It’s not only about health and fitness, sport creates community and social cohesion that prevents older people feeling isolated. Studies have shown that older people actively pursue recreation and sport when they can access a program that suits their physical and mental needs,” Senator Scullion said.
The programme will be managed by Sport Australia, the Australian Government’s leading agency for sport and physical activity.
Applications will remain open until 31 October and more information on the Move It Aus – Better Ageing grants can be found at www.sportaus.gov.au/betterageing