VicHealth Innovation Challenge: Sport

Video submissions for the Challenge are open until 3pm Friday 21 October 2016.

VicHealth is looking for clever ideas to get more Victorians physically active. We are challenging you to take community sport in a new direction.

What's the challenge?

Less than a third of us get enough physical activity every day. At VicHealth, we know how valuable sport is to get us moving toward better health and wellbeing. 

This is why VicHealth is providing funding through the Innovation Challenge: Sport to get more Victorians off the couch and playing more sport more often, with a focus on those with low physical activity levels. 

VicHealth is helping sporting bodies in partnership with change-makers and innovators to test new ideas, concepts and innovations that tackle obstacles often blocking people from playing sport.  This time around there are three key focus areas for the Challenge:

1. More flexible and fun sport

It can be tricky fitting sport into our busy lifestyles and not everyone wants to compete at a club. Can sports become more fun and flexible for people?  For example: casual sport-based fitness activities for the time poor or more fun, less competitive versions of sport for people looking to socialise with friends.

2. More places to play

Sometimes people want to play but have nowhere to go.  Can you find new places to play sport or change the way sporting venues are used in the community?  For example: developing modified sport offerings for parks or beaches as well as improving access to existing sport venues via technological solutions or creative use of existing space to get more people playing.

3. More sport for everyone 

It’s often our groups experiencing higher levels of disadvantage who find themselves sitting on the sidelines. Can sport become an easy option for them to get them playing? For example: engaging new partners to create more welcoming environments at clubs or taking sport to community groups to improve opportunities to play.

Who should get involved?

We are inviting sporting bodies from across the sport sector to rise to the Challenge.

Examples of sporting bodies may include local sporting clubs, state/national sporting organisations and regional sporting assemblies.

We also welcome collaborative partnerships between sporting bodies and change-makers who can bring ideas to life. You're a change-maker if you like challenging the status quo and taking action when you see an opportunity emerge. You might be a social innovator, a community organisation, a private provider or a digital expert.

Please note that we only accept submissions from sporting bodies directly. However we will accept submissions from a sporting body working in partnership with a change-maker.

How much money is available?

The most promising ideas will share in a total funding pool of $500,000 to test new ideas and make a real impact.

Funding requests can be made for any amount. The typical funding grant is anywhere between $30,000 to $100,000 but it varies with each project and context.

When do I submit my video pitch?

VicHealth will accept submissions between Monday 5 September 2016 and Friday 21 October 2016 until 3pm Eastern Standard Time. 

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