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Churchill Reserve was buzzing with activity at the recent ‘Come and Try’ Day’. Nearly 200 young people and their families came to try out the many sports and activities available in Benalla.

Fun ‘Come and Try’ activities were provided by over twenty local clubs and recreation groups including airforce and army cadets, Tatong anglers, archery, astronomy, Auskick, badminton, baseball, boxing, golf, Guides, gymnastics, hockey, Kendo, Benalla Rose City Band, netball, rugby, Scouts and Venturers, soccer, squash, windsailing, and yoga.

The day was coordinated by Benalla’s Tomorrow Today Foundation in partnership with Valley Sport.  “The day provides a wonderful opportunity for children to try out the many activities on offer in Benalla at one location,” said Tomorrow Today’s Executive Officer Pat Claridge. “We’re thrilled with the turn-out of local families and that so many clubs volunteered their time. The clubs go to a lot of effort to coordinate fun and interactive activities. We are grateful for their commitment and interest in encouraging children to engage in sporting and cultural activities.”

Throughout the day, children excitedly moved from activity to activity getting their ‘passports’ stamped to show what they had attempted. Parents were amazed at the range of activities on offer with one commenting, “Thanks so much for providing this opportunity. My children have had such a great time here this morning.”

The event forms part of an initiative 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, improve their health and wellbeing, and learn new skills, being connected to sport and other activities in their community helps young people stay engaged with school and learning.

Financial assistance is available to families with pension and health care cards to assist their children join local clubs.  For more information phone Tomorrow Today on 57621211.