The Department of Sport and Recreation’s (DSR) Inclusive Sports Funding (ISF) has been recognised with a State Government award for best practice in access and inclusion initiatives.
The ISF program has allocated more than $800,000 to help four State Sporting Associations grow their membership through increased participation from disability groups.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said Football West, Netball WA, Gymnastics WA and Bowls WA worked with disability organisations to facilitate programs, training and resources to assist individuals to overcome barriers and allow them to play these sports.
“It’s so important for our sporting organisations to recognise the importance of inclusion and promote and develop a culture in which all West Australians are given a chance to participate,” the Minister said.
“The ISF program has helped local clubs welcome more members, which includes groups with previously low participation numbers. As a result, more than 2,200 people have been introduced to the joy of sport and recreation.
“It has also shown many long-term benefits for low participation groups including breaking down barriers, increasing opportunities to play and volunteer in sport, and building stronger relationships between sport and disability sectors.
“The significant outcome has been the shift in culture of the State Sporting Associations and the impact this has had on the attitudes of local sporting clubs to embrace inclusion and provide opportunities to players from the scheme’s target groups.”
Mr Waldron said he was delighted the Fremantle Christian Brothers College All Ability Football Team - an initiative supported by DSR funding - won the Count Me In Award for Customer Service and was also named the overall winner of the Dr Louisa Alessandri Award for Excellence.
This Australian Rules team consists of 44 players and participates in the WA Integrated Football Competition, a competition for people with an intellectual disability.
The Count Me In Award winners were announced on December 3 as part of Disability Awareness Week.
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