Inclusion is giving everyone a sporting chance: Joondalup

Patrick Da Luz, ECU exercise and sports science lecturer Barb Howard, Colin Archibald and Josh Marocchi with Harley Archibald.         Picture: Lauren Waye
Patrick Da Luz, ECU exercise and sports science lecturer Barb Howard, Colin Archibald and Josh Marocchi with Harley Archibald.        Picture: Lauren Waye

SPORTS, music and arts and crafts will be some of the free activities at a Joondalup event to promote inclusion in the community.

The Community Connect Sport and Recreation Program is a collaboration between not-for-profit organisation Inclusion WA and the City of Joondalup.

The project aims to encourage, train and mentor local clubs to be more inclusive and welcoming to all community members, particularly those who are disengaged and marginalised.

The event will showcase local sport and recreation clubs that people of diverse abilities and backgrounds can join or volunteer to be part of.

Inclusion WA sport and community development officer Colin Archibald said as someone who felt had marginalised, he understood the importance of belonging to a club.

“I was a first generation born to Jamaican parents growing up in north London in the 1980s,” he said.

“London was not the city it is today; I experienced first-hand extreme racism which in turn led to low self-esteem and a person lacking in confidence.

“Sport was my saviour – without the help of positive influences back then, I could have led a very different life.

“The importance of understanding diversity, equality and teamwork has led me to want to give something back.”

The Joondalup Welcome Day will run from 10am to 1pm on October 11 at ECU Sports and Fitness on Joondalup Drive.

For more information, email Colin at colin.archibald@inclusionwa.org.au or call 9201 8907.