Benefits on offer at aquatic centre

SCHOOL age children, young people and their families or carers are invited to enjoy the health and social benefits on offer through a free sport afternoon being held every Friday at the Goonellabah Sport and Aquatic Centre.

The Sport in the Neighbourhood program includes sports such as touch footy, futsal, basketball and indoor cricket. The council's Youth and Community Development Officer, Lizette Twisleton said the program was about offering healthy and fun recreational activities that bring the community together.  

"Obviously this is a great opportunity for people in the community to improve their health, but what is also exciting about this program is the well-being factor, with people of all ages being encouraged to get involved and enjoy the benefits that can result from activities like this," Ms Twisleton said.

"We all know that when kids and families are out having fun and using energy in a positive way, everyone is likely to be a lot happier.  It is programs like this that develop community pride, decrease social isolation and provide support to children and young people.

"Also, adults or young people who would like to volunteer as activity leaders for the program are invited to contact Council and register their interest.  It's a great way for people to help out in their local community and to also enjoy all of the social and health benefits that can come from volunteering."

The Sport in the Neighbourhood program is an initiative of Lismore City Council, the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, Northern Rivers Social Development, Youth Connections North Coast and several local community residents.

The program is being run every Friday between 4pm and 6pm at the Goonellabah Sport and Aquatic Centre and will continue throughout the school year.

Call Ms Twisleton on 1300 878 387 for more information.



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