02 Sep, 2010 Last updated: 16 Dec, 2014

Participation rates in sport and active recreation are lower than the average among Indigenous communities.

With funding and support from VicHealth, Cricket Victoria has developed its Harmony in Cricket Program to encourage people of all cultural backgrounds, abilities, gender and age to play cricket. This has contributed to a 39 per cent growth in the number of people playing cricket for the first time and a 5 per cent increase in grassroots club cricket participants.

On this video, children from Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Gippsland are playing cricket together - having fun, getting physically active and building new friendships and understanding. The program demonstrates the importance of inspiring Indigenous and non-Indigenous children to participate in sport, helping them understand the positive impact sport can have on themselves and their communities.

Cricket Victoria is one of more than 60 organisations that VicHealth funds across Victoria under the Participation in Community Sport and Active Recreation (PICSAR) Program.