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Increasing Access to Sports

The Increasing Access to Sport Project is an initiative of the Latrobe Health Assembly and Latrobe Health Innovation Zone

The project aims to work with community, clubs and young people between the ages of 12 – 18, to identify reasons preventing them from accessing and participating in traditional sports, as well as help and identify potential solutions to address these barriers.

The ‘Increasing Access to Sport’ Project has come about as a result of consultation with Flexible Learning Option (FLO) school students in September 2017 which highlighted that the reason many of the students do not participate in sport relates to affordability and inability to find transport to and from training and games. Consistent with national findings, club participation rates between the ages of 12 and 18 years are significantly low, and there are many reasons for this.

Through this project, GippSport will incorporate creative solutions and review in consultation with the Latrobe City community, that is hoped may see an increased participation of young people (12 – 18) in sport in the region.

Following extensive stakeholder engagement process, a phase one report has been completed outlining barriers to youth participation in sports. This report also identified a potential solutions plan that was intended to be trialled in 2020 however due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, planned trials were suspended and/or postponed due to Federal and State Government restrictions imposed on local sporting associations.

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