February Update from AAA Play 
Welcome back! 2019 is already off and racing with what feels like a fast paced February.
  • Inspiration will be flowing for grass roots sport clubs in the process of applying for an Active Club Grant with VicHealth.
  • The information and ideas have been motivating attendees to kick into action with the flood of events, workshops, talks, and conferences already on offer.
  • And the celebrations will be continuing well into the month as we see some of the best and brightest in our industry recognised at the Vicsport 2018 Victorian Sport Awards.

In the Spotlight

Looking Back: Funding for Community Sporting Clubs

What an inspirational group of people we get to work with at AAA Play! Recently we had the pleasure of attending and live streaming some key events across the state. August 2018 saw us expand from a Melbourne metro based service, to supporting the entire state of Victoria. We have a commitment to inclusion, so it's important to us that we can ensure access to learning and development opportunities as well as events and information from wherever you are located. You can download resources, access live recorded events and more on our resources page.

If you haven't seen our past events resource page, you can check it out here.

View of attendees at the event from the back of the room at DHHS
Tim, Jay and Sam from Leisure Networks
AAA Play expo table at the Geelong Having a Say expo

Looking Forward: Funding for Community Sporting Clubs

February is your time to shine. Let your ideas flow and inspire. VicHealth is inviting community sport clubs to apply for an Active Club Grant. Grants for sporting clubs provide up to $3,000 or $10,000 to increase participation opportunities for Victorians in community sport (excluding GST). 

Whether you’re starting programs for people with a disability, building a junior team, or simply focusing on bringing more fun to sport, your club could be eligible for an Active Club Grant. VicHealth is simply looking for good ideas to get more people active, and applying for a grant is easy.

Next funding round opens 5 February 2019.

Click here for details.

Find an Activity

Para-Badminton - MSAC
The new season is just beginning, so it's a great time to join. Sports wheelchair, racket, and coaching provided.

Details can be found here

Walking Football - Caulfield
Socialise, be more active, improve fitness and health through a modified and slower, non-competitive game of football (soccer)

Details can be found here

Futsal - Norlane
Access All Abilities (AAA) Futsal is a fun, safe, easy, and inclusive program for boys and girls with disability, aged 12 years and above

Details can be found here

Wheelchair Softball - Casey Stadium
The new season starts Friday 15 February. Open to all abilities and ages.

Details can be found here


Active April

Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy. Start small – remember every little bit counts. It’s an easy way to kick start a healthier you!

Click here for details

Autism Inclusion in Sport

The pilot workshop run by the Victorian State Government was a great success with close to 50 people making the journey on Melbourne's scorching 40 degree day on Friday 25 January. The event was live streamed to ensure inclusion across Victoria and positive feedback was received on and offline!

Watch the video here

Do you want to play wheelchair AFL?

The 2019 season of the Robert Rose Foundation Victorian Wheelchair Football League is fast approaching. If you would like to play, expressions of interest are now open.

Click here for details


Do you have an injury, illness or disability, love basketball and want to look for a job? SPORTSWORK is a free new program for people aged 16+ of all abilities and basketball skill levels that offers a sports pathway to employment.

Click here for details


Innovation in Clubs and Associations

In partnership with Sports Central and the City of Ballarat, Vicsport is hosting an evening event to showcase innovation in clubs and associations. Join them to hear about how local Ballarat clubs and associations are finding innovative ways to get more people active through sport and recreation.

Click here for details

Adaptive Climbing 

Keen to try indoor climbing but never had a chance to give it a go before? Sport Climbing Victoria is hosting their first Adaptive Climbing meet-up group! No rock climbing experience or equipment required

Click here for details

Cricket come and try day

Mulgrave Cricket Club, in conjunction with Cricket Victoria, are starting up a new team, so this is a great opportunity to be involved from the start. They want YOU, regardless of your cricketing abilities, experiencing all the physical and social benefits that cricket and being part of a club has to offer.

Click here for details

2019 Forward Thinking Series

Do you want to increase participation in sport and active recreation? If yes, join Vicsport at the 2019 Sport Jam – a design thinking workshop for sports administrators, both paid and volunteer.

Click here for details

AAA Ambassador News

AAA Play attended the first Sport Inclusion Community of Practice (CoP) of 2019. The focus of the event was on the role of the sport and recreation sector in education and meaningful employment. The event featured an exceptional line up of speakers, presenters and panel discussions, including AAA Ambassador Harry Metzger and Andre Ascui.

Harry and Andre spoke as alumni representatives of the 2018 Victoria University Polytechnic Cert II of Work Education. Harry was joined by Triathlon Victoria CEO, Grant Cosgriff and Andre was joined by Matt Haanappel, Access and Inclusion Coordinator with City of Monash. They both shared with us the experiences, challenges, and opportunities that resulted from their work placement. The full event video is available to watch on AAA Play's resource page.

During the break, we sat down with Harry, Andre, and Ayden Shaw from Disability Sport and Recreation for an informal conversation about all things inclusion.

You can watch the video of what the team had to say here.

For any further information on the programs featured please go to or call us on 1800 222 842. 
AAA Play is an initiative supported by the Victorian Government.

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