For this winter, Regional Sport Victoria (RSV) has introduced the Stride into Sport campaign, aiming to boost club registrations. This campaign will actively promote sporting opportunities available over the winter and highlight how the barriers to sport can be overcome.

The impact of COVID-19 on regional community sports are still felt today. Amongst children and youth in Victoria (aged 4-19 years), there was a loss of 175,708 participants in 2020 compared to 2019.* Many of these juniors cannot continue participating in community sports due to financial pressures and the risk of COVID-19. Causing an impact on fundamental movement and skill development which are so important.

Sports Central will work with Regional Sport Victoria to promote the benefits of joining (or re-joining) your local club. The social connection and community aspect of sport participation is vital to our regional communities. Through the help of some wonderful programs such as the Get Active Kids Vouchers, we can continue to get juniors striding back into the sports they love.

Speaking about the importance of junior sport participation in regional Victoria, Sports Central Executive Officer Michael Flynn stated how this campaign offers a fantastic opportunity to continue encouraging juniors to participate in sport over the Winter period.

“Juniors are fundamental in the development of our community sports programs. Over the next few weeks, we want to establish a campaign that displays the benefits of participating in club sport” he stated.

Stride into Sport provides a spotlight on the registration period for community sport and recreation clubs across regional Victoria. Let’s inspire as many kids as possible to make the next strides into sport.

Click here to visit the NEW Stride Into Sport website.

*VicHealth (24 February 2022) Victorian participation in organised sport, VicHealth, accessed 27 September 2022.