In a heartwarming collaboration between Reclink Australia, the Australian Tennis Foundation and Belgravia Leisure, the Multicultural School Holiday Tennis Program unfolded at Michael Clarke Recreation Centre during the recent school holidays.
The program brought together young adults aged 14 to 20 from diverse backgrounds, offering them the opportunity to discover the joys of tennis while fostering community spirit and inclusivity.
This program was designed with a specific focus on young adults from multicultural and diverse backgrounds. It aimed to provide a safe and welcoming environment for CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) and refugee youth to explore tennis and by extension, integrate into the broader Australian community.
One of the remarkable aspects of the program was its accessibility for all. All equipment was provided and entry was free, ensuring that financial constraints did not hinder anyone’s participation. This was a vital step in removing potential barriers to entry and allowing everyone, regardless of their economic background, to take part and have fun!
Sport has a unique ability to bring people together, transcending language and cultural differences. Tennis offers countless physical and mental benefits, from improved fitness and coordination to discipline and mental resilience. The program introduced participants to the sport and fostered friendships, teamwork and a sense of accomplishment.
The success of the Multicultural School Holiday Tennis Program has paved the way for a new weekly program set to commence in Term 4. This ongoing initiative promises to provide continued support and engagement for the young adults who participated in the holiday program.
Through the power of tennis and community collaboration, these young individuals were empowered to dream big, strive for success and break down the barriers that might have limited their potential. The team are committed to the long-term development and well-being of the youth in our communities.
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