Another Active Week

May 6, 2014

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Another Sports Week has come and gone. For the first time Sports Week was run during the school holidays. This change provided children and young people with an opportunity to attend and for parents to access free or low cost activities with their children over this holiday time. It was a successful change to the scheduling and it was  great to see so many young people accessing Sports Week this year!

The highlight of the week was the Family Fun Day at Lillydale Lake, where we had a really good turn up, despite threatening weather. A mixture of sports were on offer, including gentle Tai Chi, sailing on the lake, stand up paddle boarding and a game of AFL in the park.

Inflatable stand up paddle boards were donated for the day by The Zu Boardsports (located in St Kilda) and volunteers from SUP VIC (Stand Up Paddle Victoria) came and brought extra boards and ran the Stand Up Paddle on Lillydale Lake. Lilydale Community Sailing Club was also very popular with adults and children alike with all ages taking the opportunity to try sailing on the lake.

This year we organised seventeen sports for people to come and try. Activities were spread across the Yarra Ranges as well as throughout the Knox area. Some of the sports on offer were table tennis, cricket, tennis, golf and lawn bowls.

Unfortunately this year the weather was against us and a number of outside sporting events needed to be cancelled due to the wet weather. We can organise the activities but we don’t have any control over the weather! Certainly something to be considered with next year’s planning.

Sports Week is a collaboration between Interchange Outer East, SCOPE, ERLS, Knox Council and Yarra Ranges Council. We look forward to all working together for Sports Week 2015.

Take a look at the Sports Week 2014 gallery for images of this year’s activities http://www.ioe.org.au/what-we-do/photo-gallery/2014-photo-gallery/ioe-sports-week-2014/

by Samantha Marchesani

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