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Water in Sport Initiative 2018-2020

Sports team drinking bottles of water

VicHealth is supporting local governments to improve access to water and healthy drink options in their local sport and recreation facilities.

Download: Water in Sport evaluation (PDF, 3 MB)

The Water in Sport initiative 2018-2020 was an investment under the VicHealth Healthy Eating Strategy 2017-19 to improve the availability and promotion of water instead of sugary drinks in sports and recreation facilities. This initiative built on the learnings and outcomes from previous VicHealth investments to influence water as the beverage of choice in sporting environments.

Making water the drink of choice, instead of sugary drinks came as a significant first step to implementing the broader Victorian Government’s Healthy Choices guidelines, a set of guidelines to improve the supply and promotion of healthy foods and drinks in key settings including Sports and Recreation Centres.

The eight funded councils that partnered with VicHealth to reduce sugary drink consumption were:

  • East Gippsland
  • Frankston
  • Geelong
  • Greater Bendigo
  • Greater Shepparton
  • Melton
  • Northern Grampians
  • Yarra Ranges


To support project implementation, the Healthy Eating Advisory Service provided program delivery support to each council and Deakin University which oversaw the evaluation.

Artwork by Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022
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VicHealth acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

Artwork Credit: Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022, acrylic on canvas. Learn more about this artwork.