Accessible sport just became more accessible

AAA Play is an online service provided by Reclink Australia and the State Government of Victoria, that connects people with a disability to sports and recreational opportunities in Victoria. A recent collaboration with the nine Victorian Regional Sports Assemblies has enabled sport and recreation opportunities for the entire state of Victoria to be featured in one place.

AAA Play has previously only included opportunities for metropolitan Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. This new expansion will facilitate a crucial entry point for people who are seeking out a sport or recreation connection in all areas of Victoria.

Reclink Australia CEO, John Ballis emphasised the importance of this regional expansion.

“We have seen the value that this service provides people with a disability since AAA Play first began in July 2014.

“The AAA Play website and information portal has been successful in engaging people with a disability, families and carers to achieve positive sport participation outcomes.

“We are excited to be able to extend this opportunity to all Victorians.”

Research shows that knowledge and awareness of inclusive sport and recreation programs and activities among people with a disability and their families is insufficient, yet critical in enhancing participation in sport and recreation for people with a disability.
The website has been modified to include a more accessible map that covers the key regions of Victoria.

“An exciting component to this project is some of the web development we’ve been able to achieve to enable State Sporting Associations and Regional Sporting Assemblies to more readily add and update programs,” Chris Lacey, Reclink Victorian State Manager explained.

“This will ensure information is even more current, reliable and detailed,”

People with a disability, their carers and families can access AAA Play by visiting aaavic.org.au, emailing request@aaavic.org.au or phoning 1800 222 842.

If your sporting club or association has an all abilities opportunity in north east Victoria to share with the community, please contact Sport North East at sportnortheast@thecentre.vic.edu.au or (03) 5721 0200.

Women In Sport Leadership – Learn Support Lead

The Wodonga and Towong Shire Women in Sport Leadership Program is underway!

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Wodonga Towong Learn Support Lead Program 2018/2019 Mentoring Workshop at Trudewind Road Neighbourhood House

On Wednesday 25th July at the Learn Support Lead Welcome Night we had Wodonga Councillor Kat Bennett going through where we are at within the Wodonga community and how local government, and organisations like Sport North East are helping clubs to become more female friendly through targeted programs and facility upgrades.

After the official welcome, our first workshop was an introduction to mentoring – a key dynamic in our program. The session was led by Trish Curtis from Intalink Consulting, and covered a range of topics including goal planning and the Mentoring Agreement.  The individual goals identified by the mentors and mentee form the basis of learning for the coming sessions.

Improve sport for people with a disability

Victoria Police are partnering with Special Olympics Australia to hit the road to deliver an awareness tour across Victoria’s north east. The Law Enforcement Torch Run Tour is an opportunity to share the Flame of Hope with communities across regional Victoria and promote the importance of inclusion and acceptance for people with an intellectual disability (PWID).

In addition to Torch Runs in 10 towns and ‘Come and Try’ events in 4 regional centres, Special Olympics Australia is offering a FREE training session in Wangaratta and Wodonga to help local clubs help provide better opportunity to deliver sport to PWID.

The session is aimed to be practical with the focus being on providing club coaches and volunteers with the skills and resources to deliver better quality sport for PWID. It will also demonstrate how being an inclusive club is good for business – increasing your membership numbers by being more inclusive and making strong community partnerships.

Wangaratta

Date: Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Location: The Centre, 17 Chisholm St, Wangaratta

Bookings: Click here

 

Wodonga

Date: Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm

Location: Felltimber Community Centre, 189 Melrose Drive, Wodonga

Bookings: Click here

 

Contact Sport North East for more details at sportnortheast@thecentre.vic.edu.au or (03) 5721 0200