This report captures the lessons and challenges learnt in increasing participation of Victorians in community sport and recreation.
It is a snapshot of the outcomes of the Participation in Community Sport and Active Recreation (PICSAR) program which funded 61 Victorian projects from 2007 to 2011.
PICSAR focused on three of VicHealth’s strategic goals: increasing physical activity, increasing social connection, and reducing health inequalities to improve community health and wellbeing. Grants totalling $20.4 million were allocated to 43 State Sporting Associations, nine Regional Sports Assemblies and nine peak agencies representing community organisations.
The PICSAR experience showed the benefits of multi-pronged approaches through strong partnerships in encouraging more people to play sport. It has shaped VicHealth’s priorities in recent years as well as future sports funding.