ActiveVoice: Pathway to Play
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation - formerly known as The Halberg Trust, was originally founded to assist young physically disabled people into sport and recreation by providing educational and recreational grants.
Supported by organisations such as The Eagles Golf Society and Kittyhawks Bowling Society, any money raised in the region where these golf and bowls competitions were held was available in the form of grants.
In 1996 the Halberg Trust thought we could do more to have disabled people included in school and community sport too. The Bay of Plenty was chosen as the region to pilot regional advisors, known as Sport Opportunity Advisors, and in 2000 one advisor was placed in every Regional Sports Trust.
Sport Bay of Plenty has embraced the ethos of inclusion since then, having an advisor within the family of other staff including sports advisors, deliverers, coaches and administrators within the Sport Bay of Plenty offices.
With a change of name came a change of focus - working with those with physical disabilities.
The activity fund grant allocation remains the same; all the money raised in The Bay of Plenty in a financial year is granted to Bay of Plenty recipients in that same year.
The Eagles Golf Society is still our main fundraising partner for the grants, with over twenty charity games played in the country every year.
These grants are used for lessons, equipment and school camps. This means physically disabled young people are participating in clubs alongside people of their own ages, choosing the activity they enjoy and having a choice.
But the organisation is much more than grants. More people are exposed to coaching, refereeing or training people with an impairment and community events now cater more for disabled athletes, providing further opportunities for them to take part.
By having inclusive training for teachers, coaches and trainers, working with Sport BOP who facilitate interschool and interclub competition, providing adaptive equipment to clubs to encourage membership of disabled athletes or joining Parafed the local regional sport organisation for people with a physical disability - there’s a pathway to inclusion for everyone.
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