Belgravia Leisure in partnership with the Belgravia Foundation and Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV) is proud to be announced as finalists for the 2022 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards.
We are finalists in the Active Recreation and Leisure Initiative of the Year category for our Inclusive Aquatics and Recreation Guide. A guide to increasing participation by underrepresented communities
The annual Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards honour, celebrate and recognise outstanding people within the Victorian disability sport and recreation community.
Recognising the accomplishments of people with disability; those who support them and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across the state.
It is an opportunity to celebrate the athletes, volunteers, officials, administrators, clubs, venues, and programs that enable and empower people with disability to get active and achieve their goals.
About the Inclusive Aquatics and Recreation Guide
The Inclusive Aquatics and Recreation Guide was created in 2021 to improve access for underrepresented communities and increase participation opportunities for those who often miss out.
Evidence confirms that the biggest enabler to support inclusion across our services, programs and facilities is our people. People have the ability to create a safe, welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment for all to participate. However, the opposite can also occur if our people do not feel confident or capable to engage and connect with all members of the community.
This guide is a ground-breaking resource created specifically for the leisure industry. Many guides currently exist to support pathways to sport, but none support the specific uniqueness of the leisure sector.
Reflecting on what is known as best practice in organisational change, the resource is divided into two sections. One for leaders looking for organisation-wide approaches to inclusion, and another for local champions who would like to implement inclusive initiatives in their venues or regions.
The guide includes:
- Best practice evidence-based information and resources about inclusion specifically tailored to the aquatics and recreation industry.
- Case studies, underpinned by evidence, from many leisure management organisations to highlight excellence and bring context to the content .
- Relevant material for all roles within an organisation or facility.
- CEO through to casual team members.
- Free, online, available 24/7.
- Can be re-visited any time and worked through at your own pace.
To ensure best practice methods and resources remain contemporary in this guide, the Belgravia Foundation has pledged to support ARV to maintain the content.
- Please take full advantage of the Inclusive Aquatics and Recreation Guide here.
The official awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday the 8th of November, to celebrate the outstanding contributions of the industry in creating more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in sports and recreation.