Young coaches from Benalla Basketball club helped many youngsters try out their skills

Over 75 young people recently had an active and fun-filled day at Churchill Reserve trying out many of the sports and activities available in Benalla.

Come and try sessions for golf, netball, football, soccer, kendo, dance, drama, astronomy, basketball, tennis, archery, activity name and hockey were provided  by local clubs. A number of other groups supplied brochures and information about what their organisations have to offer.

The day was coordinated by Benalla’s Tomorrow Today Foundation. “It was a perfect opportunity for young people to find an activity they liked and then talk to club representatives about membership and programs.” said TTF Executive Officer Pat Claridge. “We’re really pleased that so many clubs got on board, especially considering that most were volunteers who gave up part of their day to attend. It was also great to see the number of young coaches and helpers who assisted with the interactive sessions. It shows what a committed community we have in Benalla”

Local parent Gayle Williams said that it was a fabulous day.

“It really gave my kids a chance to see what Benalla has on offer and pursue some new extracurricular activities,” Ms Williams said.

An extra enticement to join in was the chance to go in the draw to win a $50 Sportspower voucher for all those who got their ‘passports’ stamped for trying three or more activities. Murray Davis was the lucky winner on the day.

The event forms part of an initiative by Benalla Youth Services Provider Network to get more local young people participating in sporting and recreational pursuits. Research shows that as well as giving them the opportunity to make friends, learn new skills and improve their health and wellbeing, being connected to sport and other activities in their community helps young people stay engaged with school and learning.