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Increasing Access to Sport

Community Development Increasing Access to Sport Project

Increasing Access to Sport

The Increasing Access to Sport project is an initiative of the Latrobe Health Assembly (LHA) and Latrobe Health Innovation Zone, who provided funding to GippSport to undertake this important research project.

Extensive research, data analysis and consultation resulted in the GippSport Community Solutions identifying a range of barriers which include; time constraints, travel requirements, social and performance-related pressures and participation costs.

The project has now moved into the solution-testing phase, trialing new initiatives to see how the community can partner with stakeholders to hopefully increase participation in sport for 12-18 year old’s in Latrobe City.

Current areas of focus are:

  • Positive Coaching workshops to improve the culture and environment of sport clubs and associations in the Latrobe Valley
  • A media/marketing campaign to increase awareness and improve the perception of sports opportunities in the Latrobe Valley
  • Increased opportunities for youth input and leadership development when it comes to sports opportunities in the Latrobe Valley

Other supporting activities include:

  • Second hand sports equipment program with Lifeline, to improving the awareness and availability of, and access to, second-hand sports equipment
  • Support and evaluation of social sport programs as a bridge to traditional club sport

We are now looking to provide important insight and training to local sports clubs to help reengage with young people post COVID19 and to rebuild their clubs which have been impacted so heavily.

Click here to visit the Increasing Access to Sport Project Report

Click here to read articles in the #YOUthSportLatrobe feature series

Click here to read our tips for marketing youth sport

For more information and to find out how you or your club can get involved in this project, contact Community Sport Planning Officer Damen Francis at or on 0439415986.

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