The landscape of sport is changing. People are wanting more flexible options from clubs to enable their participation to fit in around busier family lifestyles. For sporting clubs this presents unique challenges, but also a range of opportunities.
Sport has the ability to bring communities together and provide opportunities for people to participate regardless of race, colour, religion, age, physical ability, circumstance or economic background. It provides an opportunity to connect.
Often, sport is used to achieve success through competition, financial gain or personal achievement; yet, perhaps the biggest benefit from sport is that it promotes social inclusion amongst the disadvantaged.
Social inclusion week runs from 22-30 November. Across Gippsland there are a range of events taking place celebrating diversity & inclusion.
For Gippsland sports clubs, this is a great opportunity to consider providing participation opportunities for segments of your community that may not be involved in your club already.
Sporting programs can provide vulnerable and at risk people with a place to go to which is not only physically safe from conflict around them, but also emotionally safe. The programs can also provide a welcome relief from daily struggle. For people who have been displaced, who become disaffected or simply disengaged from their community, belonging to an ongoing sporting program or team can be a lifeline, especially during times of chaos where routine and stability are desperately needed yet hard to find.
If you want assistance setting up a new program and/or marketing your program to to the rest of your community please contact GippSport’s Access for All Abilities program coordinators – Dan & Brenton.