Futsa I and basketba II started their sporting seasons last week at the Ararat Fitness Centre following a long hiatus after coronavirus restrictions.
“It’s great that we have this space at Ararat Fitness Centre to offer sport and other community groups to use,” said Ararat Rural City Council Chief Executive, Dr Tim Harrison.
“Sporting clubs are a way for the community to gather, socialise and improve their skills. They embody the stronger together message Council has been encouraging throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is why Ararat Rural City Council has been focused on developing the region’s facilities, as we want to foster development and make community sport more accessible.
“Projects such as the Willaura Recreation Reserve and Alexandra Oval developments, plus the anticipated Gordon Street redevelopment – all boast more inclusive female-friendly facilities as a core of the project.
“These projects demonstrate Council’s commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive sporting landscape that translates to increased participation and attracts competitions and events of a higher standard.”
The return of sports and recreation activity to Ararat Fitness Centre is a signal of recovery from the recent lockdown and shows the determination of the community to return to normal.
“I’m sure some of the players are rusty coming out of the lockdowns and not being able to play together for most of the year,” said Dr Harrison.
“It is great to see that players and volunteers have returned, ready to navigate through the challenges and come back stronger.
“Any clubs that are looking for assistance making their club meet COVID guidelines is welcome to contact Ararat Rural City Council for assistance from our staff.”