The Worimi Sports Leadership Project has been given a $131,474 Federal government shot in the arm.
Implemented by the Forster-based Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service,the project will increase participation in local Aboriginal community members in sport and recreation activities and foster excellence in high performing individuals through:
- Providing skill development to community role models to gain their coaching certificate and lead teams of community members in their chosen sport;
- Facilitating practical assistance to overcome barriers to active participation in sport and recreational activities for Aboriginal people across the life span - administration/co-ordination/transport/financial assistance/communication;
- Developing a sense of community by entering strong teams in local sporting competitions and making connections with broader community in the Forster-Tuncurry region of NSW, and,
- Offering Sports sponsorships for project participants with demonstrated ability to compete at regional, state and/or national level through a structured Expression of Interest process.
Announcing the successful funding, Member for Lynne, David gillespie said the grant was one of 57 projects around the country as part of the Driving Social Inclusion through Sport and Physical Activity.
"Sport is something everyone can be involved in," Dr Gillespie said.
"It cuts across people of all backgrounds.
"I know Tobwabba are particularly excited about this project as it will help encourage more indigenous members of our community to participate in sport, but also develop their skills in leadership roles in coaching, administration and mentoring.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate Tobwabba on it's successful project application and look forward to the project being rolled out in the near future."
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