One of the best things about non-professional sport is how it can bring a community together for a cause. I’ve been lucky enough to witness the impact of sport on a social group through my work with the Mirabel Foundation. They’re a charity for kids who have been orphaned or whose parents can’t look after them anymore.
As part of Mirabel’s after-school care program, the kids play indoor soccer or have a kick of the footy. During school holidays, the charity takes them and their carers away to the snow or other camp locations. The main purpose of Mirabel’s sporting activities is to raise the spirits of the kids, while also offering respite to carers.
For kids who’ve gone through some tragic things at no fault of their own, sport is a fun way to stay fit and healthy. They can connect with other kids who’ve had similar experiences, which are sadly a lot more common than most people realise. More than anything else, they get a support network to help them through tough times – because a problem always feels much bigger if you think it’s yours to deal with by yourself.
There are many community sport events around the country that follow the same philosophy. Even just being a fan or volunteer at these events can be extremely rewarding. And if you choose to take part in something like a fun run, you can not only lend a helping hand to the people who need it most, but you’ll also be accountable to the people who’ve raised funds to watch you participate. It could be that last little kick over the edge to get you focused and ready to achieve your fitness goals.
Here are just some of the best community sport events and programs you can get involved in around Australia.