Given sporting chance

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Fair Game founder and chair Dr John van Bockxmeer with warralong community children.
Camera IconFair Game founder and chair Dr John van Bockxmeer with warralong community children. Credit: Picture: Fair Game

At-risk children in the North West will soon have access to more sports equipment to help them stay fit and active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week the WA Government announced it had contributed $10,000 to the not-for-profit organisation Fair Game Australia to provide second-hand sporting equipment to children and youth in under-serviced communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara.

FGA will distribute the equipment and provide associated print and digital resources.

The main aim of the initiative is to help young people be physically active while complying with social distancing measures.

Fair Game chief executive Nicki Bardwell said it was more important than ever for communities to stay fit in times of social isolation.

“By providing sporting equipment and resources, young people in remote communities will have greater access to physical, mental, and social activities which will benefit them and their families,” she said.

“This will, in turn, help reduce antisocial behaviour by providing a positive outlet for at-risk young people.”

The program will be run in partnership with local community organisations, agencies, and local government authorities.

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