News from the Department highlighting funding, initiatives and projects in the sport and recreation industry.

WA secures Australian record crowd for women’s sport

Sunday 11 Feb 2018

Australian sporting history was made at Optus Stadium yesterday afternoon, with a record 41,975 people turning out to watch the Fremantle Dockers women's team defeat Collingwood – the biggest ever crowd for a women's sporting match in Australia.

Country athletes helped to travel and train

Friday 09 Feb 2018

More than 200 talented regional Western Australian athletes are now another step closer to reaching their sporting dreams.

Grants to target local communities to be active

Friday 09 Feb 2018

Local community, government and sporting groups are being invited to apply for grants to encourage people to join a club and become more active.

Chelsea FC and Perth Glory to clash at Optus Stadium on July 23

Thursday 08 Feb 2018

Premier League powerhouse Chelsea Football Club will play Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Monday July 23, 2018 in front of a crowd of more than 60,000 fans, with tickets on sale next Thursday (February 15).

AFL Women’s ticketholders - make sure you are a part of history

Thursday 08 Feb 2018

An 89-year-old Australian sporting record is on the verge of being broken here in Western Australia this weekend – but the history-making moment is only achievable if ticketholders turn out in force.

Synthetic wickets turfed out at White Knights Baldivis Cricket Club

Tuesday 30 Jan 2018

Baldivis cricketers will soon be able to practice on turf training wickets, thanks to a $40,000 upgrade championed by Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby.

World T20 coming to Perth in 2020

Tuesday 30 Jan 2018

The McGowan Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has successfully bid to host 11 International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 (WT20) matches in Perth in 2020.

Optus Stadium sets new benchmark for disability access

Saturday 27 Jan 2018

Optus Stadium will set a new standard for disability access at Western Australian sport venues, ensuring the entire community can enjoy a five-star experience when visiting the venue and Stadium Park.

Changing the Game - Parenting Through Sport

Wednesday 24 Jan 2018

Sport and Recreation WA is hosting a FREE public event for over 1000 parents, teachers and community to be held on the evening of 21 February.

Youth Engagement Scheme to promote community connections

Wednesday 24 Jan 2018

14 groups granted $250,000 worth of projects to engage disconnected youth.

Full capacity crowd approved for Scorchers home final

Tuesday 23 Jan 2018

The McGowan Government has reached an agreement with VenuesLive and the WACA to ensure 55,000 tickets will be sold to the Scorchers' home semi-final at Optus Stadium.

Optus Stadium officially opens with Community Open Day

Sunday 21 Jan 2018

Optus Stadium and the surrounding Stadium Park was officially opened this morning when thousands of Western Australians were given the chance to tour the venue first, and for free, at the Community Open Day.

Optus Stadium on track for record-breaking AFL Women's crowd

Monday 15 Jan 2018

Western Australians are encouraged to support Optus Stadium's push to attract the country's biggest-ever crowd for a standalone women's sporting match when the Fremantle Dockers play Collingwood on Saturday, February 10.

ICC praises Perth's new home of international cricket

Thursday 11 Jan 2018

The International Cricket Council (ICC), the global governing body for cricket, has granted approval for Optus Stadium to stage international Test, Limited Overs and Twenty20 matches.

NAIDOC growing each year

Monday 01 Jan 2018

The NAIDOC Netball Carnival has cemented itself as one of the largest Indigenous sporting events in the country.

WA sailing legend Jon Sanders completes 10th circumnavigation

Wednesday 20 Dec 2017

Record-breaking Western Australian yachting legend Jon Sanders AO OBE CitWA today completed his 10th circumnavigation of the world.

WA secures two national swimming championship events in 2020

Monday 18 Dec 2017

The State Government has secured two national swimming championship events for Perth in 2020, which are expected to attract more than 6,000 visitors and contribute about $7 million to the Western Australian economy.

International Volunteer Day honours local contributions

Tuesday 05 Dec 2017

International Volunteer Day celebrations will conclude with a garden party at Government House today to honour some of the State's longest-serving volunteers.

Ironman event secures funding until 2020

Sunday 03 Dec 2017

IRONMAN Western Australia (IMWA) has been secured for another three years, with the State Government announcing funding until 2020.

Perth Stadium Station now complete

Saturday 02 Dec 2017

The train station for the new Optus Stadium is now complete and ready to receive thousands of passengers for the stadium's first major event – the free Community Open Day on Sunday January 21, 2018.