East Coast Students Swing the Boot at Inactivity

Giving students the confidence to get active and jump into sport was the focus of a popular East Coast Gala Day hosted recently by Bicheno Primary School.  

The inaugural event attracted 210 students from St Marys, St Helens, Swansea and Bicheno who relished the opportunity to try a range of sports including golf, athletics, soccer, triathlon, AFL, netball and bowls. 

Focused on empowering students with the skills and confidence to try new experiences, the event also gave participants the chance to meet local club representatives from each sport for an easy pathway into future community sport participation.

The need to increase school-based participation in sport and physical activity was identified by East Coast schools, with local community engagement recognised as part of the solution to overcoming some of the major barriers to student participation levels. 

With the assistance of the Regional Sport Coordinators, connections were made with seven state sporting organisations who worked with local clubs to deliver the day.   

Feedback from the day was extremely positive with students embracing the opportunity to gain confidence to try new sports, form relationships with local sport representatives and work with students from other schools.  

Similar gala days took place each term for the remainder of 2021, with all state sporting organisations committing to provide continual support for the concept.

For assistance in exploring new sport and physical activity prospects to connect your students with community sport and recreation opportunities, please contact the Regional Sport Coordinators.

East Coast Gala Day