Under a new Malinauskas Government grant program, more than $2.6 million will be invested in inclusive projects that provide everyone with an opportunity to participate in sport and recreation.

Through the Active State Collaboration Program (ASCP), funding has been allocated to 25 projects which will see organisations partner to deliver unique initiatives which support active lives in South Australia.

The funded projects include carrying out the ‘Active Women’ and ‘Active Communities’ programs across the Murraylands region, establishing a midnight basketball competition targeting First Nations youth and increasing participation in the SA aquatic industry through education and employment pathways.

The ASCP supports the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan where projects funded were required to support one or more of the following priorities:

  • Active Lives – Movement, play and performance is embedded into the daily lives of South Australians.
  • Places and Spaces – Places and spaces that encourage and support movement, play and performance are accessible to all.
  • Strategic Partnerships – Community outcomes are delivered through strategic partnerships.

South Australians need to be more active, with only 26% of children and 14% of youth meeting the physical activity requirements of 60 minutes per day.

The ASCP aims to address this issue by creating a more active and healthier South Australian community in which people are included through sport and recreation.

For a full list of recipients click here.

Quotes attributable to Katrine Hildyard, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing

Sport is powerful; in communities across South Australia, clubs and other organisations include and support people, and particularly young people, through encouraging them to actively participate.

These projects can have a profound impact on communities; they can help bring people together, create a strong sense of belonging and improve participants’ physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.

The State Government is committed to ensuring sport and recreation enables equal participation, which is why it’s so important to support an array of diverse projects through the ASCP.

By facilitating partnerships, we’re bringing together a wide range of experiences, skillsets and innovative ideas to help us progress toward our state being an ‘active state’ and one in which diverse groups of people, and particularly children and young people, experience the many benefits that being active and engaged in sport brings.