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New initiative making it easier to get active

By Central Coast Council
Archived 1 Jun 2021 - Posted: 3 Apr 2021
The Sports Hub has launched providing a new comprehensive online directory which showcases the Central Coast's variety of sport and active recreation opportunities and makes it easy for the community to find something that suits their needs, abilities and interests.

This website is part of Activate Central Coast is an exciting new initiative developed in partnership between Council, the Office of Sport and Sport Central Coast to encourage our community to participate in sport and active recreation whilst also supporting local sport and active recreation businesses, clubs and associations.

Council Director of Community and Recreation Services, Julie Vaughan said this initiative will provide a range of benefits for the Central Coast community.

"It is well established that an active lifestyle contributes greatly to people's wellbeing. Besides the physical health benefits, participating in sports and active recreation provides an opportunity for social connections to creating a sense of belonging.

"Sports Hub encourages active lifestyles and I encourage our community to jump online and discover a new way to keep fit."

There are already over 100 local sports and active recreation providers participating which cover a wide range of activities including; Aerobics, Athletics, Aussie Rules, Archery, Basketball, Circus, Cricket, Croquet, Cycling, Dancing, Dragon Boating, Floorball, Football, Golf, Lawn Bowls, Martial Arts, Netball, Orienteering, Oztag, Running, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Shooting, Softball, Surfing, Swimming, Tennis, Walking, Water Polo, Yoga and more.

The Sports Hub is a user-friendly site allowing users to quickly search for activities by location and interests and filter by categories such as age group suitability, activities that are accessible and inclusive and providers that accept Active Kids Vouchers.

Sport Central Coast Chairman, Simon Smyth said Sports Hub website is a one-stop shop for sport and active recreation on the Central Coast.

"We've got so many providers, associations, leagues and clubs who have jumped on board and if you're looking for a sport or active recreation activity on the Central Coast - Sports Hub is the place to go," Mr Smyth said.

"We want more people to be active here on the Central Coast and sport and active recreation is a wonderful way to go out and meet people and experience those physical benefits that sport brings, meet new friends and get out there and enjoy the beautiful natural assets we've got here on the central coast as well as the wonderful facilities that council put on for us."

As part of the Activate Central Coast initiative, local sport and active recreation providers will collaborate with Activate Central Coasts' partners to promote Come and Try Activities and exciting programs and events for the community throughout the year. These will be announced on Sports Hub as details are confirmed.

Office of Sport Project Officer, Matt Sawyer said Sports Hub is a game-changer for the Central Coast.

"We've never had this kind of thing before on the coast. To be able to go to one place to get all the information you need to get active and involved in sport and active recreation is a fantastic initiative and a great example of what we can achieve by working in partnership," Mr Sawyer said.

"Resources are scarce and we're all under the pump in terms of what we can provide and offer sport so the more we can work together as agencies - the more sport is going to benefit and at the end of the day it's about getting people active.

"The more people we can get working together to provide opportunities for people to get active, the better off the Central Coast community is going to be."

Council's Administrator Dick Persson AM said The Sports Hub site and Activate Central Coast initiative is providing a worthwhile service for the region.

"The Activate Central Coast initiative in partnership with NSW Office of Sport and Sport Central Coast has demonstrated that positive community outcomes can be achieved through collaboration and combining resources."

Whether you're searching for a small club or group or large association running casual, competitive, indoor, outdoor, land, water, individual or team-based activities on weeknights or weekends - The Sports Hub provides a place to find all types of local sport and active recreation providers. Go online to www.sportcentralcoast.org.au/sportshub

To register as a sports and active recreation provider and be part of the Activate Central Coast initiative - visit the online registration page on Sport Central Coasts website.

This article archived 1 Jun 2021

 
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