Updated: Jun 9
Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council were approved a total of $468,537 in funding under the Deadly Active Sport and Recreation Program to kick off a weekly futsal competition.
This program has proven to be a success, with a nine-week program already engaging local community members. The competition is open to individuals aged 16 years and above, with eight teams currently participating and community interest growing.
Due to the success of the program, the council plans to run a new season in May, which will also include junior participants. Ani Seruvatu, Acting Executive Manager of Community Services and Cultural Heritage at Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council, emphasized the positive impact the futsal competition has had on the township.
“The proactive engagement of all cohorts within the township of Kowanyama is amazing to see."
“We have seen firsthand the positive engagements and the smiles from all community members. It’s a subtle way to keep youth and children off the streets of Kowanyama and engaged with active sport."
Ani added that the competition has brought community members of all ages together in Kowanyama, with a shared sense of unity and camaraderie. The Deadly Active Sport and Recreation Program (DASRP) is collaborating with 17 identified discrete local councils to provide physical activity opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
By participating in the futsal competition, members of the Kowanyama community will have the opportunity to engage in further physical and social activity. The sense of community and connection that the competition fosters can contribute to a positive social environment that supports individuals in their personal growth and development. The program's success in engaging individuals of all ages also highlights the importance of creating opportunities that cater to diverse age groups and interests.
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