- New sports program targeting 5 to 18-year-olds
- Nearly $500,000 invested to encourage young people into sport
More culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) and indigenous young people will be able to get involved in sports in the north-west metropolitan region with the launch today of a new sports program.
The $500,000 North West Metro Project, funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation and Department for Communities, will target children and young people aged five to 18 years-old in the cities of Stirling, Wanneroo and Joondalup.
“The North West Metro Project will increase participation of CaLD and indigenous young people in sport and active recreation,” Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said.
“This will be achieved by running grassroots programs within the community to encourage clubs and State sporting associations to become more inclusive and also by linking young people up with local sporting clubs through the KidSport program.
“The North West Metro Project is already off to a great start with more than 148 kids engaged in multi-sport programs and 90 young people referred through KidSport in its first three months.”
Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today officially launched the program.
“This project uses sport and recreation to create important linkages between these young people and their communities,” Mrs McSweeney said.
“Young people who feel connected to their community are more likely to make a positive contribution and can also benefit from the support network that comes from being part of a club.”
The project is delivered by the Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka in partnership with the cities of Stirling, Wanneroo and Joondalup.
Edmund Rice Centre Youth Programs co-ordinator Joe Moniodis said he looked forward to seeing the north-west metropolitan communities reap the benefits of its programs.
“All our programs are designed to challenge young people and give people from different backgrounds a stake in each other’s lives,” Mr Moniodis said. “There is always opportunity for further personal and community development; in fact that’s what it’s all about.”
- North West Project started in February and is linked to the KidSport program. Other successful programs have been run in the south-east corridor and City of Stirling
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