Council assisting students to get active

Published on 04 September 2019

Try Skills 2019

Grade 5-6 students will get the opportunity to try out new sports during this October school holidays with the Burnie Try Skills Program offering some great opportunities for students to get active.

The program aims to encourage an active lifestyle and participation by young people in the sports provided by clubs and organisations in the Burnie region. The program is open to young people from grade 5 to 6 and is delivered by Council’s Business and Recreation team, during the October school holidays.

Burnie City Council Mayor Steve Kons said “we have targeted grade 5 and 6 students intentionally for this program. These students are soon to enter High School where the barriers to starting new sports start to creep in - things like skill level intensify, increased cost, things get very busy all of a sudden and peer pressure and insecurity start to play a part in student’s lives.

“To provide a chance for students to try different sports before they transition to High School is invaluable, and if they find something they like, make some new friends and decide to take up a sport…well that is our ultimate goal.“

The Try Skills Program allows students to try their skills at various sports guided by qualified coaches supplied from local sporting clubs. The Burnie City Council provides program administration and waives all ground and venue hire fees. There is no cost to students and no cost to clubs.

This October we have the following sports available for students to try – archery, badminton, basketball, baseball, cricket, dance, gymnastics, karate, track cycling, tennis and touch footy. Students can try as many sports as they wish, and if they would like to try them all they can.

Mayor Kons said “We are creating an inclusive and healthy community through by fostering programs such as Try Skills. These values are consistent with our community strategic plan Making Burnie 2030 that we are working toward

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For more information about the program please contact our Business and Recreation Team on 6430 5832 or email