Regional Youth Communities Connection through Softball in Bundoora is one of 27 program partners that will receive a $5 million share from VicHealth as part of The Big Connect.
Through the program, Softball Victoria will increase opportunities for youth around the sport of softball. It will specifically seek to engage people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, women, the indigenous community and people with disabilities.
Softball Victoria state operations manager Justin Zelones said it was about providing access to the sport for people who are disadvantaged.
“The program will be to engage youth as well as juniors five and older in regional areas where they wouldn’t necessarily have access to softball or a large amount of community sport,” Zelones said.
Mr. Zelones believes this gives minority groups a sense of direction and social skills.
“So especially at the youth level, it gives them a place to engage with the community and hang out, socialize and give them places to go and hopefully purpose,” he said.
The funding the program receives will go down a number of different avenues, Zelones said.
“So what that allows us to do is buy equipment in those areas, making sure that we can get people out and hang out in those places and provide the service.”
“We are really excited about what is going to happen over the next 18 months in the Victoria region.”
The Big Connect is part of VicHealth’s initiative, supporting the mental well-being of young people by getting them to engage with their friends, family and communities in a way that works for them.