Growing for Gold
What is Growing for Gold?
Growing for Gold is a free program that encourages young people aged 3 to 16 to try a variety of different sport and recreation activities to help them find something that they love. Each year the program attracts approximately 600 young people and of these participants, approximately 20% of participants continue to successfully join a sporting club.
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.
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 welcomed 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.
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 program will run right through October this year from 25 September to 10 October 2021.
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?
Term 3 School Holidays.
How do I get involved?
Participant registrations open around four weeks before the start of the program.
How does my club get involved this year?
The Growing for Gold program is an excellent opportunity to promote your club or 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 2021 program, please contact the Community Planner: Sport Recreation at firstname.lastname@example.org.