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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 among the disadvantaged.  Social inclusion week runs from 21 to 29 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.

Some of the social inclusion week events happening in Gippsland include:

Netball

Sale
Date- Thursday 26 November
Where- Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, 116 Cobains Road, Sale
Time- 10:30am arrival for a 11:00am Start. Lunch from 12:00pm-1:00pm (BBQ)

Bairnsdale
Date- Friday 27 November
Where- Bairnsdale Netball Association, Wallace Street, Bairnsdale
Time-
Group 1: 10:30 Arrival for a 11:00am Start
Lunch from 12:00pm-1:00pm (BBQ)
Group 2: 1:00pm- 2:00pm

Inspired by the Lakes Event

In partnership with Rural Access Wellington Shire, a local inclusive event showcasing a range of sport and recreational opportunities for people of all abilities to participate in. This year’s event will be held on Monday November 30 from 5-7pm, starting between Lake Guthridge and Lake Guyatt in Sale. The event is free with tea provided, so bring along your family and friends for a great evening.

Yarram Community Event

A family-friendly community event to be held at the park next to the bowling club. A range of sporting activities including boccia and cricket will be available to try on the night, with food also available. The event will start at 4pm until 6pm on Friday November 26.

SCAA Come & Try Day – Leongatha

The South Coast Access Alliance again in 2015 will provide a multi sport come & try day.  This years event will be at SPLASH Leongatha on Wednesday November 25.  Participants can try a range of sports including:

  • Netball
  • Bowls
  • Boccia
  • Karate
  • Mini Golf

For those people that are not too sporty.  There will be a range of arts & crafts as well.

Warragul Multi Sport Day

This event will be by invite only.  GippSport is partnering with Football Federation Victoria, Gymnastics Victoria, Netball Victoria, AFL Gippsland, Bowls Victoria & Basketball Victoria to deliver a come & try day to people with disability in the Warragul area.  Further to this, a disability inclusion workshop & forum will be provided to Warragul sporting clubs.