Inspired by the ‘This Girl Can Victoria’ movement women in the City of Whittlesea are encouraging others not to be afraid of being active.

Five women from different walks of life have spoken out in a video, ‘Whittlesea Girls Can’, encouraging women not to be intimidated or scared of being active and playing sport.

The video has been launched on social media in conjunction with the opening of Council’s female participation in sports grants.

Sports clubs in the City of Whittlesea are invited to apply for grants up to $3000, to encourage the participation of women in sports.

Mayor Councillor Lawrie Cox said the grants were about encouraging equal opportunities for women to participate in the community.

“Participating in sport offers many health and wellbeing benefits, as well as increasing self-esteem, interpersonal networks, social inclusion and community connections,” Cr Cox said said.

“We recognise that men and women have different access to resources, power, responsibilities and life experiences.”

“This grant program is just one way we can approach this issue.”

The grants are now open and close on Sunday 10 March.

Women are invited to join in local active events during This Girl Can Week Victoria.