Get a leg up into sporting life

GLADSTONE residents from culturally diverse backgrounds will benefit from new opportunities to get involved in sports thanks to a $43,700 grant from Sport and Recreation Active Inclusion Program funding.

Women’s Health Centre manager Jenny Cockerill said the money would enable a program to help migrants interact with sporting bodies.

Research has found one of the barriers facing newcomers to the Gladstone region is the inability to make connections with sporting organisations.

“A lot of people new to the community find it difficult to access sporting clubs and this funding will be well used,” Cockerill said.

“The service will be great.”

AMARNA has been one of the driving forces behind the instigation of the program, Cockerill said.

State Minister for Sport Phil Reeves said the funding would go to the Women’s Health Awareness Group of Gladstone to provide cross-cultural training for sport and recreation and community organisations and conduct ‘come and try’ days for culturally diverse families to support multi-sport in the area.

“Active Inclusion was created to support projects that meet the needs of population groups with access issues,” Mr Reeves said.

“It’s about making sure people that face physical, cultural or social barriers have the opportunity to be involved in sport and recreation on a regular basis.

“This program will focus the efforts of sport and recreation clubs, local community organisations and councils to look for new ways to involve people from all walks of life.

“The program will help us develop more vibrant, active communities for everyone to enjoy.

“Sport is a great part of the Queensland way of life and I don’t want anyone to miss out on that experience.”

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