Yesterday kids on the Far North Coast got active at the Tweed Shire Council hosted Activate Inclusion Sports Day.
The Activate Inclusion program is a ground-breaking initiative focused on providing sporting pathways for students aged 5 to 18 years with a physical, intellectual or sensory disability. The day also caters for students with learning and mental health difficulties.
The program is delivered with the support of Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT and offers children who are often segregated from mainstream school PE due to a lack of adaption knowledge and adaptive equipment, the opportunity to experience a variety of sports in a fun and inclusive environment.
This event caters for up to 100 participants who will take part in the day, with a range of sports being showcased across the program including cricket, rugby league, tennis and wheelchair sports.
‘Sport NSW is thrilled to host this event in conjunction with Variety and Tweed Shire Council,’ he said. ‘I hope the program inspires the participants to take part in regular sporting opportunities in their local community.’
Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT Chief Executive Officer David Sexton said every child, no matter their level of ability should be able to enjoy the fun of playing sport. ‘Every child deserves the chance to have a go at playing sport,’ he said ‘We are proud to partner with Sport NSW and Tweed Shire Council, so kids of all abilities have the opportunity to try different sports in a fun and inclusive environment.
‘It’s wonderful the students can experience playing side by side, often for the very first time.’