Social sport takes off

Heather Campana at Courtside centre in Canning Vale. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d421233
Heather Campana at Courtside centre in Canning Vale. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d421233

With family and work commitments filling up weekend schedules, more people are turning to social sport.

Offering cricket, basketball, soccer and netball during the week, Ms Campana said the social games played at the Canning Vale facility had become more serious.

‘It is no longer about having fun it’s all about winning,’ Ms Campana said.

‘I have found there are a lot more games where players are exchanging words between players and their disagreements are more intense between certain teams.

‘I have witnessed a punch up with two women and only in a Div 3 game that is the lowest grade we have in the comp ” they don’t like being pushed around, so hands and hair pulling was happening.’

Ms Campana said with social sport becoming more popular and competitive she encouraged everyone to remember it was not state league.

She also encouraged people to be mindful that umpires are doing their best.

‘It’s where people come to catch up and have some fitness and not get abused by players or spectators,’ Ms Campana said.

‘Umpires that do the games are only human and are not perfect.’

Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron is aware social sport is becoming popular and more facilities will be needed as the population increases.

Mr Waldron said local government was principally responsible for planning and providing sporting facilities, but State funding helped.

‘The State Government’s $20 million Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) grants money to local governments and clubs around WA to build and improve community sport and recreation facilities,’ Mr Waldron said.

‘These grants go towards a variety of projects including flood lighting, clubrooms, ovals, tennis, basketball, netball courts through to large contributions for construction projects such as aquatic centres.’