Free Little Athletics Program Kicking Off Boggabilla and Toomelah
Moree Plains Shire Council in partnership with the Local Drug Actions Team (LDAT) will be running a free little athletics program for children aged 7 – 17 years’ old from Boggabilla and Toomelah.
The free program aims to encourage children and teenagers to enjoy some fun physical activity while educating them and the whole family on the impacts of using drugs and alcohol through stakeholder led workshops.
Council’s Director of Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby, has explained that the program is a great opportunity for children who do not usually have access to organised sporting activities.
“The program is for the whole family. While the children are enjoying themselves, parents will be encouraged to learn about little athletics and to volunteer for the various roles needed to run the event. Everyone will also be able to take part in the stakeholder sessions.
“By participating in the program, the parents and children will become aware of a potential support network as they meet other people in their community, drug and alcohol agencies and supportive community groups.
“The program will run for six weeks with a carnival scheduled for early December. The children will not only be able to work on their athletic skills but will also have the opportunity to win $200 worth of vouchers each session”, explained Mr Witherby.
The program will begin Wednesday, 21 October 2020 at 4pm Queensland time at Boggabilla Oval and continues each Wednesday for six weeks. Children will be able to learn skills in track and field events, record their times and compete against their own results each week.
Children from Toomelah will be provided with a bus service to and from the program each Wednesday. Catering will be provided each session.