Opinion piece by Jerril Rechter, VicHealth CEO
First published in Shepparton News, 21 September 2018
Sporting clubs across Victoria are undergoing a massive transformation, with new female teams, modified sporting opportunities and a shift to be healthier and more community focused.
Last week’s Rumbalara Football and Netball Club’s ASHEfest is an exceptional example of how sporting clubs can be more inclusive for their entire community.
Run by the students of the Academy of Sport, Health and Education in Shepparton, ASHEfest isn’t just about sport – it’s about creating a welcoming place for everyone regardless of their background, race or physical ability.
In its twelfth year, this festival has become one of the most admired celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and community in Victoria.
ASHEfest combines sport with traditional dance and music, and art and craft, so there is truly something for everyone.
Sporting clubs are at the heart of their communities, helping us improve our physical and mental wellbeing.
Everyone should feel like they can get active and be part of a community and Rumbalara Football and Netball Club does just that.
It’s also fantastic to see younger generations showing leadership by planning and running this festival.
Rumbalara is most definitely leading the way when it comes to social inclusion and are setting a great example for clubs across Victoria.
Thank you again to the outstanding efforts of everyone who brought together this brilliant event. I encourage the Shepparton community to make sure they get involved in 2019!
Jerril Rechter, CEO VicHealth