Community involvement is a crucial aspect of the development and implementation of sport and recreation within Indigenous communities. Softball Australia aims to equip community members with the knowledge and skills to enable them to contribute positively to the development of sporting and recreational initiatives.
We work with our Member States and a network of individuals, government departments and Indigenous organisations to actively increase participation by delivering community based carnivals and events, which are developed around the needs of each community. Programs are typically run in either Come 'n' Try Day formats or conducted over a number of days as Community Carnivals.
The Come 'n' Try Day program introduces Indigenous people of all ages and abilities to Softball participation through games and activities and provides a lead into the Community Carnival model.
Community Carnivals provide opportunities for communities within a region to form and develop representative teams and to meet in competition. The Carnivals are conducted over weekends and encourage participation by all community members. For talented players the Carnivals may also provide a pathway to State representative programs.
"This program will allow players to develop their skills and progress through the sporting pathways from grass roots to a higher level of competition if they wish".
Karl Hampton, NT Minister for Sport and Recreation.
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