Karratha Inclusive School Holiday Program - Two Years On
The Inclusive School Holiday Program celebrates two years of community building in Karratha this July.
Run every holidays since July 2011, the Inclusive School Holiday Program is a multi-sport initiative that offers members of the community an opportunity to engage in a range of sports offered by local Karratha sporting clubs.
The effect of the Program has been dramatic – many have commented on the way it has helped to bring the community together and break down barriers between groups in Karratha.
In addition, clubs are attracting new members and volunteers, as they learn to become more inclusive of all people.
At its inception, there were only handful of participants and a few sporting clubs, however it has now progressed to include a great number of sporting organisations and over 200 participants per program.
Furthermore, the community has really embraced the Program, with local clubs facilitating and running most of the sport sessions, to ensure the sustainability of the Program.
“The growth of the Program can be attributed to the support from the local community – from the clubs, the parents, the carers, the participants – everyone has really got behind it” Inclusion WA’s Sport and Community Development Officer Matt Shaw said.
“We have also received support from both the Woodside Operated North West Shelf Project, and Telethon, who have helped in supporting the Program financially.”
Last week, the Program was also announced as a finalist in the Constable Care Child Safety Awards, in the Child Safety Program & Partnership Award – Regional & Remote WA category.
The nomination shows how the program helping to create a more connected, supportive community in Karratha, whilst teaching children the importance of respect for others, self-respect and responsibility.
The program aims to be inclusive – to connect people of all abilities with sports and to close the physical and social distances separating people, to bring everyone together as a community.
This July the program will offer rugby league, cricket, lawn bowls and tee ball to the Karratha Community on the 10th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th and 17th July.
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