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Growing for Gold

The Growing for Gold program encourages young people aged 3-16 to participate in sporting and recreational activities within their local community.

What is Growing for Gold?


The Growing for Gold program encourages young people aged 3-16 to participate in sporting and recreational activities within their local community. The program is run during the September/October school holidays. Throughout the program local sport and recreation providers are invited to open their doors to promote their club activities FREE of charge to participants.

All club sessions are fully supervised by a representative of the club. The club sessions are designed to introduce young people to a wide range of different sport and recreation opportunities, with the focus on:

  • being inclusive – all young people regardless of ability/disability, cultural background, socio-economic background, etc are encouraged to participate;
  • free to participants; and
  • play, having fun and achieving personal success.

Built into the event is an incentive scheme that encourages young people to try different activities and most importantly to take the next step of joining a club of their choice.  The following incentives are provided to participants:

  • A certificate of participation to all who register in any of the activities offered.
  • A Gold Certificate is awarded if a young person joins a participating club within a set period of the program ending, irrespective of number of activities. The certificate will incorporate a Sports Power voucher to assist with purchasing any apparel, shoes or equipment that will help to get started in their chosen sport.

When is Growing for Gold?

The 2017 Growing for Gold program will be held during the October school holidays – 30 September to 15 October 2017.

How do I get involved?

Participant registrations will open shortly for the 2017 Growing for Gold program!

How does my club get involved?

The Growing for Gold program is an excellent opportunity to promote your club / organisation to the local community and to increase participation and membership through your programs and competitions.  History has shown Growing for Gold to be very successful in generating membership for the local clubs with an approximate average of 20% of participants going on to join a participating club.

Club registration has now closed and will become available again in 2018. 

Previous Year:

In 2016, 31 sporting clubs and organisations participated in the program which attracted over 500 participants during the two week school holiday break.  As a result of participating in the event approximately 20% of these participants then registered for a club. In 2017, we hope to increase these numbers of participation and registration and membership within the sporting clubs and organisations in the City of Salisbury.

Growing for Gold’s aims:

  • To provide an avenue through which local sports and recreation clubs can promote the programs and services they provide for young people.
  • To provide young people with an opportunity to participate in sport and recreation based programs that provide them with a positive experience.
  • To increase the number of young people actively involved in long-term community-based physical activity programs.

The Growing for Gold program aims to encourage young people to try a variety of different activities in recreation and sport, then take the next step and join a club(s) of their choice.

Growing for Gold 2017 Proudly Supported By:

 OPAL Vitality Logo SportPower Salisbury