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Growing for Gold

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What is Growing for Gold?

Each year the program attracts approximately 500 young people aged 3-16, of these participants approximately 20% of participants continue to successfully join a sporting club.
The program provides an excellent opportunity for local sporting clubs to invite residents, and the wider community to come and try sporting activities at your club with your coaches. For many clubs this is the best opportunity to promote your club and to provide the participants with a fun and enjoyable experience that encourages them to come back. The program will run right through October this year from 26 September to 25 October 2020.

In 1999, City of Salisbury started the Growing for Gold program. In 2017 an exciting new partnership was established between the City of Salisbury and neighbouring City of Port Adelaide Enfield to collaboratively plan, organise and undertake the Growing for Gold program. In 2020, we welcome the City of Playford, widening the geographical bounds, broadening the selection of sports, activities, and clubs participating, while encouraging new participants to get involved with sport in the north.

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, with no charges to participants.
  • Play, having fun and achieving personal success.

Built into the program 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 the number of activities. The certificate will incorporate a $30 SportsPower Parabanks voucher to assist with purchasing any apparel, shoes or equipment that can assist in starting within their chosen sport.

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. 

When is Growing for Gold?

26 September to 25 October 2020

How do I get involved?

Participant registrations will open in August 2020. For updates check the City of Salisbury Facebook Page and visit the Growing for Gold website

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.

To register your interest for the 2020 program, please contact the Community Planner: Sport Recreation at sport@salisbury.sa.gov.au.

Growing for Gold 2019 was proudly supported By:

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More information can be found at: www.growingforgold.com.au.