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Over 200 excited children and their families participated in fun activities at Tomorrow Today’s Come and Try Day.

Twenty-one local sport and recreation clubs attended the event, held across three venues in the Ackerley Avenue sports precinct. Come and try sessions for high energy sports such as Auskick, football, badminton, baseball, basketball, cricket, hockey, Junior Fire Brigade, tennis, netball, squash,  table tennis, and taekwondo were offered. Hands on activities were also provided by Benalla Astronomy, Benalla Guides, Brick by Brick, and Room at the Table. Benalla Leos, Benalla Rural City Council and North Eastern Archers representatives were available to answer questions about activities for children and young people.  

“It was such a thrill to feel the energy and joy experienced by the children and families at the Come and Try Day,” said Alex Ross, Tomorrow Today’s Student Engagement and Transitions Coordinator. “We are so grateful to the many dedicated volunteers from our local clubs and groups for providing such a wonderful opportunity for children and young people to try a new activity. It was terrific to see so many parents joining in the activities and also showing an interest in supporting local sport and recreation clubs.”

Most children tried at least eight activities and some even managed to try all activities on offer! Benalla Rural City Council sponsored a shuttle bus, which was appreciated at the end of the event by families with children with weary legs. The Rotary Club of Benalla cooked over 300 sausages to feed the hungry participants.

“The Come and Try Day is a great example that generosity and community spirit are alive and well in Benalla. We hope the event helps to reinvigorate participation in sports and recreation activities, after two Covid affected years,” said Rosie Koop, Tomorrow Today’s Executive Officer.