Royals Community - Chews for Roos initiative awarded Healthway grant

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 4:25 PM

In 2019, Mount Lawley-Inglewood Junior Football Club put its heart and soul into creating a new, healthy canteen for players, spectators and visitors to Inglewood Oval.

The result was Roos Chews - which not only took footy fare to a new level, but provided a much-needed financial boost to the club. 

This week, the Roos were rewarded with a $4,000 grant from Healthway to spend on a display fridge, baine marie, kitchen utensils and food allergen training courses.

Healthway joined as Principal Partner of junior football in WA in 2019, and has already increased access to nutritious food and drink choices at junior football canteens, with clubs receiving access to training and support from the WA School Canteen Association to review their menus, and make any changes in line with nutrition guidelines.

"It was a herculean effort - from cleaning and fixing up the clubrooms to getting the kitchen up to scratch and then organising and delivering the menu each Saturday and Sunday morning,'' said Roos club president Lisa Quartermain. "To hear today that we've succeeded in attracting a substantial Healthway grant, especially with so much uncertainty at the moment, is just fantastic news and hopefully an omen for more good news to come regarding this season.''

Mount Lawley-Inglewood JFC joins a number other clubs in the Royals District to have received this grant over the past twelve months.

New Regional Development Council Chair - Hayley McNamara said, “The Mount Lawley-Inglewood Club has achieved a great milestone in creating a new, healthy canteen for players, spectators and visitors to Inglewood Oval." McNamara went on to say “Community football clubs play a really important part of the social and health benefits for our communities, and making available healthy food options is yet another positive initiative to encourage the community to make healthier choices – and in these times, that is really important."

Healthway aims to improve the health of Western Australians by working through partnerships and supporting targeted programs. For information on Healthway Grants – Please visit https://www.healthway.wa.gov.au/grants-programs/

Feature Image: Opening night of Roos Chews in 2019.

Article Image: Sub-committee volunteer Renae Huntley creates carrot and celery sticks.