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Keeping Kids Active: Youth Action Day 08/12/10

On Wednesday eighth of December, in partnership with Moonee Valley City Council Sports Without Borders presented a Youth Action day at Debney Park Secondary College. Youth Action is a technology driven sports program designed to promote and assist healthy development of Australian kids.

260 kids from Flemington Primary School, Debney Park Secondary College, Ascot Vale West Primary school and Debney Meadows Primary School took part in fun activities and games in the gym followed by clinics conducted by clubs and leagues around Melbourne. These clubs included the Northwestern Wolves (affiliates of Melbourne Storm), Netball Victoria, Melbourne Heart, Essendon FC and Maribyrnong Ladies Cricket club. Students from the Monash Peninsula Sports and Outdoor Recreation course helped lead each circuit of activities and games using Fusion Smartspeed Technology with great enthusiasm and patience while taking the kids through the challenging games. Despite the torrential rain that caused some clinics to be cut short, the day was an overall success with clubs improvising the activities for indoors, running the delighted little people through basic drills and skills.

James Demetriou, SWB Founder and Chairperson was, “pleased to see local schools, local banks, sports clubs and associations combining to support positive physical activities that encourage children to participate in sport.” Craig Skelton, Community Sponsorships and Partnerships coordinator for Moonee Valley City Council was also happy with the result saying, “ This was a test to get the Youth Action Program up and running. There was good and enthusiastic support from schools from the outset.”

For the kids who were not familiar with certain sports the day was beneficial as it gave them a friendly introduction to activities they may never have considered in the past.  Paul Swan, a teacher at Flemington Primary School commented that, “sports have rules that are sometimes intimidating for children and the Youth Action activities help to bridge the gap between skills and sports.” Future Youth Action Days will continue to aim to encourage many of these children, especially migrants and refugees, to get involved in sport and give them the confidence to participate and make new friends.

The day was the final Youth Action Day for the year. There are Youth Action days planned for the future in other municipalities around Victoria, partnering with councils, schools and club in local areas and gyms.

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