Over 70 young people and their families recently braved a wet and windy day to try out many sports and activities available in Benalla.
Fun ‘Come and Try’ sessions for archery, astronomy, Auskick, badminton, baseball, basketball, cricket, cubs, dance, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, Benalla Leo’s, Little Athletics, netball, Scouts, soccer, swimming, tennis, Triathlon and YMCA were provided by local clubs.
The day was coordinated by Benalla’s Tomorrow Today Foundation in partnership with Valley Sport. “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 Tomorrow Today’s Executive Officer Pat Claridge. “We’re really pleased that so many clubs got on board, especially considering that most were volunteers who gave up a large part of their Sunday 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.”
“I had no idea there were so many activities available for kids in Benalla”, one mum commented. “The Come and Try Day is a great idea, and well done to all the clubs for turning out in the rain to put it on.”
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.
For information about help for young people to join local clubs phone Tomorrow Today on 57621211.