Friday August 25, 2017
Modified versions of football and netball will be available in Mulgoa as part of a $100,000 NSW Government initiative to help older people keep active and improve social connections.
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP has announced the Modified Sports Program for seniors, a new partnership with Football NSW, Netball NSW and Gymnastics NSW.
“The NSW Government wants to remove barriers that may prevent older people from participating in the games they love, and ensure they are reaping the rewards of sport,” Tanya Davies said.
“I encourage any older person in the Mulgoa region to find out what new competitions and classes are on offer so they can literally start kicking goals while improving health and wellbeing.”
Modifications to sporting codes includes rule changes such as the introduction of “walking” in football and netball matches, and tailored gymnastics activities to cater for different levels of ability.
“Football NSW Walking Football programs aims to target inactivity in our ageing population and provide a football opportunity for all participants no matter their age or ability.” Football NSW Member Services Manager, Matt Rippon said.
As Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies also said the NSW Government wants to ensure older people in NSW have the opportunity to lead healthy, active and happy lives.
“Seniors can prove age is no barrier for those wanting to participate in sports in their communities. This program not only promotes social connections but also improved mobility, strength and coordination,” Tanya Davies said.
The Modified Sports Program is an initiative of the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020 - bringing government and non-government sectors together to respond to the opportunities and challenges faced by our older population.
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