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Soccer girlsSport plays an important role in society.  This is perhaps not widely recognised or understood. 

Sport helps to build communities through social inclusion and a sense of connection.  Sport and recreation helps to bind families through shared experiences and shared achievements.  Through participation, sport helps address anti-social behaviour and can support education.

Sport contributes to economic growth through business investment and employment, and helps sustain the environment through protecting open space and natural areas. It also promotes the use of active modes of transport, such as cycling and walking.

The department seeks to raise the level of awareness so that the value of sport and recreation is better recognised, appreciated and understood, and is committed to developing a comprehensive, strong and diverse sporting and recreational system in Western Australia that is easily accessible, encourages maximum participation and develops talent.

Some of the major topics and areas we help develop include:

The Aboriginal Services Unit Regional Development Officers work in cooperation with the Department of Sport and Recreation and the Australian Sports Commission's Indigenous Sport Program to help develop and promote sport and recreation among the Indigenous Community of Western Australia.
Behind every good athlete, there's bound to be a good coach. Coaches play a vital role in the physical and emotional wellbeing of athletes, drawing on years of experience as an athlete, in a mentoring role, or just simply as a local community member keen to lend a helping hand.
Codes of conduct, or behaviour, give everyone a guide to what is expected of them if they are part of an organisation, are playing sport, or standing on the sideline cheering. They help us to behave ethically and professionally.
Combat sports continue to grow throughout Western Australia, with fight promotions featuring boxing, muay thai, MMA (mixed martial arts), kickboxing and shooto contests being held regularly statewide.
The Western Australian Government is committed to creating a sports system that allows our athletes to achieve their ultimate potential in both national and international sport.
Education and training opportunities in the sport and recreation industry to update knowledge or achieve qualifications are increasingly available, however they are not always offered in formats that suit modern lifestyles.
Our Olympians are now in London, where billions people watched them compete on the world’s biggest sporting stage.
Western Australia is considered a leader in the field in the development and promotion of sports officials. The Department of Sport and Recreation coordinates a number of programs designed to help recruit, train, retain and recognise sports officials in Western Australia.
Good governance practices are essential for any organisation to be able to function effectively.
Information designed to support State Sporting Associations (SSAs) and Peak Bodies on human resource management.
Play by the Rules provides information and online learning about how to prevent and deal with discrimination, harassment and child abuse for the sport and recreation industry.
This guide has been prepared by the Department of Sport and Recreation to provide general information regarding the designing of, and marking out for, a range of sporting activities played in Western Australia.
Representing Western Australia is an honor in any sporting or recreational field.
The WA Sports Federation is the independent, peak industry body for sport in Western Australia. It represents over 130 State Sports Associations and related organisations, extending to over 600,000 people.
Information about working with children

Funding and scholarships

The Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme provides funding assistance to Western Australian Athletes who aspire to reach their full sporting potential.
The Community Sporting Club Equipment Subsidy Scheme provides valuable assistance to local sporting clubs in Western Australia to help increase and upgrade shared sporting equipment for club members.
The aim of the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme is to help country Western Australia experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives.
Enabling WA children to participate in community sport and recreation, no matter their financial circumstances.
The Organisational Sustainability Program (OSP) was developed to refine the way in which the Department works with key organisations in the WA sport and recreation industry to enable them to meet the challenges they face.
Sport 4 All is a new $20 million state government initiative to increase the number of kids at community sport and recreation clubs.
The Western Australian State Government through the Department of Sport and Recreation and Lotterywest provides significant financial assistance to sport in Western Australia through the Sports Lotteries Account.

Facts sheets

Being physically active is important for the health and wellbeing of Australians.
Coaches are an integral part of sport. They are motivators, skill developers, guides, mentors and community role models.
Western Australia has a proud sporting tradition with an outstanding array of high performance achievements.
Understanding Indigenous participation in sport and physical activity may help to identify ways to encourage Indigenous Australians to become more active.
Participation in sport and physical activity is fundamental to the health and development of our children and youth.
Participation in physical activity is important for the health and wellbeing of all Australians. It also provides a range of social, environmental and economic benefits for individuals and communities.
It is important to understand why some people choose to be physically active and why others do not.
Sport and physical activities that are not conducted by a club, community club, recreation or fitness centre are known as non-organised.
Organised sport and physical activity refers to sport and physical activities that are conducted in full or part by a club, community group, recreation or fitness centre.
Information on the exercise, recreation and sporting activities of Australians.
Participation in sport and physical activity is important for the health and wellbeing of seniors. Benefits for seniors include improved physical and mental health, reduced risk of disease, social interaction, increased self-esteem, lifelong independence and overall wellbeing.
Social trends in Australia and their impact on sport and recreation.
Social trends in Australia and their impact on sport and recreation.
Community sport and recreation relies on volunteers who give their time to community groups.

 
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