Rebounding Huon & Channel Students Slam Dunk Inactivity
When COVID first struck, the Huon and Channel School Sports Association (HCSSA) explored new ways to re-engage students and help reboot physical activity in the community…and three years later their Come & Try Days are bigger and better than ever!
Whether it was a winning spike in the volleyball competition, making a hoop in Croquet, performing a sweeping hip throw on the Judo mat, striking a booming golf drive, shooting hoops in the Swisherrs’ automated ShotLAB, or navigating the grounds in search of that last orienteering control, there were activities to cater to all student interests and abilities.
Supported by the Regional Sport Coordinators, close to 600 Grade 3-6 students attended from twelve State, Catholic Education & Independent schools stretching from Bruny Island to Geeveston to Kingston. Activities were conducted over two days at the Huon Valley PCYC, Kingborough Sports Centre and surrounding council facilities.
Regardless of participating in persistent drizzle at Kingston or the glorious sunshine at Huonville, students enjoyed connecting with local club coaches, volunteers and state development officers from AFL, basketball, croquet, dance, golf, indoor cricket, judo, netball, orienteering, squash, table tennis and volleyball.
Local high schools were enthusiastic supporters of the event, with over 40 sport leaders and Duke of Edinburgh Award students in attendance, showing excellent leadership skills and furthering connections to prospective students and feeder schools.
Anyone wishing to instigate similar projects to connect students with local community sport and recreation opportunities is encouraged to contact the Regional Sport Coordinators.