Sunshine Coast scores free sports courses
The Sunshine Coast sports community will have the opportunity to formalise their credentials at the Bligh Government's free sport and recreation education program on Friday, 15 April.
Sport Minister Phil Reeves said the Get Active Queensland Accreditation Program will provide free training for teachers and volunteers that can lead to coaching, officiating and sports first aid accreditation.
"The program aims to boost the number of teachers, tertiary students, Year 11 & 12 students and community sports members with nationally recognised accreditation, which they can then use within their communities," Mr Reeves said.
"In addition to courses for sports first aid and strapping, attendees can take part in coaching courses for hockey, netball, rowing, rugby union, sports power coaching, touch, triathlon and volleyball."
Two new courses are also being offered - Fundamental movement and Traditional Indigenous games.
Traditional Indigenous games, in which students can experience over 100 games from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, assists teachers in breaking down cultural barriers through physical activity.
"Successfully completing a Get Active Queensland Accreditation Program course will provide participants with opportunities in the sport and recreation industry and help ensure the future of many clubs and organisations," Mr Reeves said.
Mr Reeves said the program has been a real hit with sports enthusiasts across the state.
"We started this program in 2002, and since then more than 17,000 people have taken part, which testifies to its popularity," Mr Reeves said.
"Sport plays an important role in promoting healthy, active communities and it's crucial we provide opportunities for people to stay involved in sport for the long term.
"Under our Toward Q2: Tomorrow's Queensland initiative, we want to help Queenslanders become Australia's healthiest people.
"This is why we provide tangible support for programs, projects and facilities which helps people of all ages to participate in sport and active recreation.
"We've made the tough economic decisions to ensure we can continue to support local sport and recreation.
"Because of the strong leadership of the Bligh Government we are able to invest more in sport and recreation than any other state in the country."
The free Sunshine Coast course will be held from 8.15am to 5.00pm on Friday, 15 April 2011 at Kawana Waters State College, Sportsmans Parade, Kawana Waters.
For more information visit www.sportrec.qld.gov.au/gaqap or contact Sport and Recreation Services, Department of Communities on (07) 3235 9442.
Child Safety and Sport
The Honourable Phil Reeves
Kawana Waters State College, Kawana Waters
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