“Our NACCHO sports healthy futures program will give Aboriginal youth the opportunity to improve their overall health and wellbeing through active participation in sports.We invite you to apply for sports equipment ”
Justin Mohamed NACCHO Chair speaking after launching the AFL NACCHO Indigenous All Stars NACCHO sports gear
Program objectives: In 2013-2014 NACCHO the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation plans to distribute up to 1,000 AFL/ NRL footballs, netballs, soccer balls, basketballs and other sports equipment items to Aboriginal community organisations, sporting clubs and schools throughout Australia.
To qualify: For the donated sports equipment the applicant must partner with a NACCHO member and organise for team members to have a health checks at an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service or other medical service if applicable.
All team members are also encouraged to download the new NACCHO Aboriginal APP from the APPSTORE
What can our sports healthy future program achieve in the long term for Aboriginal youth?
Our NACCHO Investing in Healthy Futures for Generational Change Plan 2013-2030 has just been released and by partnering now with the AFL and Aboriginal community organisations we can promote and achieve our Close the Gap targets for our future generations by active participation in sport.
Our sports healthy futures program will give Aboriginal youth the opportunity to improve their overall health and wellbeing through active participation in sports.
Research shows that if a young person is happy and healthy they will be able to get the most out of their education, build their confidence and their self-belief and hopefully one day become a well educated “Indigenous All star” in the sport or employment of their choosing.
Team sports for Aboriginal youth Healthy Futures
- Team sports provide Aboriginal youth with important lessons on personal values.
- Children who play team sports are less likely to feel isolated.
- Team sports can encourage parents to become active with their kids.
- Team sports help kids deal with winning and losing.
- Team sports can help kids overcome shyness
When Aboriginal youth take part in team sports they develop:
- friendship and camaraderie
- cooperation and teamwork skills
- leadership skills
- appreciation of different abilities
- respect for team mates/ opponents/officials
- a sense of belonging/team membership
- social interaction skills
- physical skills
- self-esteem and self concept
- team goal-setting skills
- self-discipline, patience and persistence
- resilience through sharing positive and negative experiences.
How to apply
We invite any NACCHO member, Aboriginal community, sports or school to complete this online application.
For further information contact
Colin Cowell – Tel 02 6246 9309