New Funding To Keep Indigenous Australians Active

first_imgCommunity based initiatives giving greater opportunities for Indigenous Australians to participate in sport and recreation have today been announced through the Australian Government’s $30.4 million Indigenous Sport and Active Recreation Program (ISARP).Minister for Sport Kate Lundy today congratulated the 123 successful projects that will be funded under the program to deliver sport and recreation activities to Indigenous Australians across every state and territory. Included in the successful projects was a project from Touch Football Australia (TFA) to continue development in the Northern Territory. Minister Lundy said that while ‘sport and recreation is a vital component to a healthy lifestyle’, is it even more so in our Indigenous population. “The ISARP will support community participation in sport and recreation activities with funding over the next three years, as well as providing entry level employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.“The projects funded are diverse and each has been designed to improve health outcomes among Indigenous communities.”Minister Lundy said that in addition to the health and fitness benefits, the social interaction of these activities helps develop skills, relationships, a sense of achievement and often a greater interest in education. “These programs will foster community spirit and a sense of adventure, fun and enjoyment of life.“The ISARP is an integral part of the Australian Government’s commitment to improving the health and physical wellbeing of our Indigenous population.”TFA National Sport Development Coordinator, Adam Raptis, said that the funding provides TFA with a fantastic opportunity to continue the development that began last year in the West Arnhem region, as well as to expand into new communities throughout the East Arnhem region and the wider Northern Territory.“The key focus of this program is to provide education and training opportunities to community members in order to create a self-sufficient and sustainable environment, so that Touch Football may be enjoyed by a greater number of indigenous participants from remote communities on a more regular basis.”Inclusive strategies such as this project form a core component of the TFA Participation Plan through to 2015. TFA is also currently funding various indigenous activities throughout Australia through its Targeted Growth Program and is assessing opportunities for further support in the coming months. To view the TFA Participation Plan, please click on the link below the story. For a full list of the grant recipients please visit the following website: LinksNew Indigenous Fundinglast_img

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