Young people in Kalgoorlie are set to benefit from the latest round of McGowan Government funding aimed at encouraging people to become physically active and more involved in their communities.
Seventeen projects around Western Australia will receive $235,500 under the Targeted Participation Program which aims to engage people from various backgrounds who are statistically less likely to participate in sport and recreation activities.
Among the projects to receive funding is a gymnastics program run by the Kalgoorlie Youth Gymnastics Club in conjunction with the local Police and Community Youth Centre’s (PCYC) Safe Space initiative.
Kalgoorlie’s Safe Space participants, who are typically aged 7-16 years and have an Aboriginal background, will be able to take part in workshops at school and pursue gymnastics within a club setting.
The program will help three gymnastics coaches take their skills to the next level, and it is anticipated that at least 12 new gymnasts will be identified.
Other projects approved for TPP funding focus on activities such as basketball, hockey, surfing and off-road cycling.
The TPP is a joint initiative between the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Healthway.
It aims to involve people from groups such as the Aboriginal community, girls aged 12 to 17, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds, people with disability, seniors aged over 60 and at-risk youths.
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As stated by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray:
“I’m pleased that the State Government is supporting the Kalgoorlie PCYC’s gymnastics project through the Targeted Participation Program.
“The program provides opportunities to people who are not involved in regular sport and recreation that enable them to build on their natural talents and skills, and introduce them to a club environment.
“Projects such as this are vital to engaging young people in healthy, active sport and fostering connected communities.”
As stated by Mining and Pastoral MLC Kyle McGinn:
“This is a fantastic announcement today for kids in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The PCYC here has an excellent track record with engaging young people in their programs, and this funding will mean the gymnastics program in particular steps it up to the next level.
“I have seen how much of a difference the PCYC here makes to young people’s lives. Having a safe space to learn a new skill and participate in a group is a really healthy way to be part of the community, and a vital part of the wellbeing of our young people in the Goldfields.”
List of Projects
Motorcycling Western Australia Youth Scheme – $15,000
WA Flying Disc Association Junior Ultimate Frisbee Clinics – $15,000
Town of Port Hedland SLAM Program – $25,000
Fair Game x City of Swan ‘Get Active’ – $25,000
Surfing Western Australia Surfing Leadership Program – $20,000
WA Basketball Federation Basketball Engagement Program Summit – $15,000
Hockey WA Inclusive Hockey Project – $20,000
Youth Disability Advocacy Network Inc. Jet Through Life Program – $20,000
ISHAR Multicultural Women’s Health Centre Inc. Exercise for All Program – $10,000
Virsa Club WA Inc Coaching and Training Program – $7,500
Rowing WA Making Waves Program – $10,000
South Sudan Community Association of Western Australia (SSCAWA) Inc. Fostering Active Community Engagement Through Sport Program – $10,000
Tom Price Youth Support Association Inc. Para Basketball Competition – $1,180
Kalgoorlie PCYC Youth Gymnastics Program – $10,000
Inclusion Solutions Ltd. Mirrabooka One Community Project – $14,320
V Swans ‘Outside the Lines’ Program – $7,500
Break the Boundary Inc. Perth Metro Adaptive Off-road Cycling Program – $10,000