co-creating healthy futures and participation opportunities with young people

South West Sport supports clubs and organisation to create and deliver participation opportunities with and for young people aged 0-25 through the development of innovative participation programs, providing club education and advice, participation planning, and by removing barriers to participation. We’re working with our community to ensure all young people in the south west have opportunities to be active.

If your club is looking at ways to engage young people, get in contact with our team. We can support you by:

Providing advice and guidance to grow participation and develop pathways

Support to develop youth friendly environments

Provide club education on how to ‘Engage young people in sport and volunteerism’

Supporting you to develop innovative participation opportunities for young people

2023 Achievements

Thanks to funding support from VicHealth as part of the Regional Sport Program, we have been supporting clubs and organisations in the south west to get young people active through active play, social and modified sports, nature-based activities, and traditional sports, with a focus on engaging young people in the design and delivery of participation opportunities driven by their needs. This past year alone we have:

Supported the delivery of 10 Participation opportunities

Enabled 521 young people to try a new activity­

Delivered 6 Youth Engagement Pop Ups

Engaged with 750 young people

Take a look at what we’ve been up to...

Corangamite Youth Get Active & Connected in Nature

Thanks to project funding from VicHealth’s JumpStart Grant, we were able to support 26 rural students from Derrinallum P-12 in Corangamite to get active within their own community.

We worked with students to design an active in nature program that made use of the shire’s natural assets, and gave them a chance to try new activities.

Students took part in a 4-week program that included trailriding, stand up paddle boarding, beach volleyball, and canoeing combined with arange of social connection activities all aimed at building connections with peers, increasing participation, and getting active in nature.

Corangamite Youth Get Active & Connected in Nature

Deakin ‘Rock Up Sports’

As part of our organisation's work to engage young people in sport & recreation, we teamed up with the students at Warrnambool's Deakin Res to run a Rock Up Social Sports program, as part of our Neighbourhood Activation Project.

We met with Res Leaders back in March who identified the need for social sports on campus and supported us to design and develop a participation program that would engage their peers and activate their community through play.

Over the course of 4 weeks participant numbers grew from 10 to over 20, with students rocking up rain, hail, or shine to join in with social netball.

The best part about it, thanks to funding from South West Community Foundation we were able to leave the Students and Deakin Res Warrnambool with their own Neighbourhood Activation Kit full off equipment to enable them to continue their rock-up social sport program without us.

Deakin ‘Rock Up Sports’