Two Mitchell Shire football and netball clubs have been rewarded for their efforts to promote road safety in the community.

Wallan and Kilmore football netball clubs were named among 151 Victorian clubs that will share in more than half a million dollars for showing their commitment to eliminating death and serious injuries on the road throughout the 2022 season.

Clubs from across Victoria were able to apply for the program by showing how they supported road safety, including taking part in the Transport Accident Commission, TAC, Road Safety Round and wearing blue armbands during July.

Roads and Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll said community sporting clubs played an important role in spreading the message of road safety.

“Local sporting clubs are the backbone of the community and the TAC Club Rewards program is another great initiative that incentivises clubs to spread an important message and influence change,” he said.

“We are proud to support the long-standing partnership between the TAC and AFL Victoria, which provides a platform to educate hundreds of thousands of Victorians on road safety issues through local sport.”

The TAC Club Rewards program encourages AFL Victoria-affiliated clubs to educate their players and members on the dangers associated with risky driving behaviours including speeding, drink and drug driving, fatigue, and distractions.

Rewarded clubs are expected to use the money to upgrade equipment and facilities, as well as purchase uniforms and hold education programs covering topics such as mental health and road safety.

Also named as successful recipients were Lancefield Junior Football Netball Club, as well as multiple clubs from the Northern Football Netball League and Riddell District Football Netball League.

AFL Victoria head Ben Kavenagh said it was good to see community clubs committing to improving road safety.

“Our clubs are the heart of Victorian communities and once again we are proud to stand alongside the TAC to be leading these conversations,” he said.

“We hope [conversations] will help reduce the incidents of road trauma and ensure everyone gets home safely.”

More than 100 people have lost their lives on regional Victorian roads so far this year, an increase from 78 at the same time last year.

AFL Victoria will continue its 31-year partnership with the TAC Club Rewards program to speak directly with Victorians who travel on the state’s roads for training and games to work on reducing road trauma and serious incidents.

For a full list of successful clubs, visit cdnaflvic.performancecrew.com.au/raw/tac-club-rewards-list-of-clubs-2022.pdf.