Sport 4 All
Sport 4 All is a four-year, $20 million project to increase participation in community sport and recreation throughout Western Australia. This program will help 30,000 disadvantaged WA children to join a sport or recreation club.
We believe clubs are the ideal environment to reconnect our young people with the community and connect them with positive role models. A young person who feels part of the community is less likely to damage that community.
Most of the kids that come into contact with our justice system come from a financially-disadvantaged background. We want to make sure all WA kids get a fair go. We want all WA kids to feel part of the community.
There is also considerable evidence to show that kids who participate in organised sport and recreation do better at school and are physically and mentally healthier than kids who do not. These advantages should be open to all kids.
Sport 4 All is made up of four programs:
KidSport ($10 million)
KidSport is the cornerstone of the Sport 4 All package. Under this program kids who cannot afford to join a club will be helped with a subsidy of up to $200 (in the form of vouchers), which will go directly to the sport or recreation club. The kids will be identified from a range of professionals within a number of local government areas.
Community Volunteer Program ($4 million)
The Community Volunteer Program will help clubs recruit, train and retain a new generation of volunteers.
ClubTalk ($4 million)
The ClubTalk component of Sport 4 All will provide state sporting associations, peak bodies and clubs with the knowledge to utilise the latest in information communication technology (ICT) to make running a club easier and more cost effective.
Nature Play WA ($2 million)
This generation of children spends more time indoors than any other generation in history. There are many reasons for this, including the proliferation of electronic, screen-based games, ‘stranger danger’, and more road traffic.
The results are alarming. Our children are become heavier, unhappier and weaker, and are losing the ability to make decisions or determine risks.
To counter this trend, the Department of Sport and Recreation has helped to establish a non-for-profit organisation called Nature Play WA which will work to inform parents about the value of unstructured play outside. Nature Play WA will also provide parents with fun, cheap options and ideas to get the kids outside. For more details about Nature Play WA go to: www.natureplaywa.org.au
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Stuart didn't show signs of focus or determination; he was just a lovely kid. The only thing I can put his success down to is that we were always a sporting family and the accent was on enjoyment and participation with the rest of the team.
Terry MacGill (on coaching the Nedlands Cricket Club Under 11s), father of Australian spin bowler Stuart MacGill.