Young people, parents, teachers and clubs

Young people are the future of sport and recreation in Western Australia, so make sure you don’t miss out on one of the many opportunities available to help you become an important part of the industry.

Parents, teachers and clubs are responsible for educating, supporting and influencing young people to participate in sport and recreation activities and the Department has created a number of resources to achieve these outcomes.

Why you should be involved

Did you know that by participating in sport and recreation you are more likely to actually enjoy school? Not only will you do better academically, you can also improve your physical and mental well-being, increase your self-esteem, meet new people and help create stronger communities.

Sport and recreation isn’t just for elite athletes.  Whether you participate in individual or social activities, volunteering, officiating or coaching, the industry can’t survive without your involvement.  There’s also a wide variety of jobs available within the industry, so get involved today.

Sport and recreation is not about winning, it's about helping to build stronger, healthier, happier, and safer communities

Volunteering in your community

Whether you volunteer on your own or with family or friends, you'll have fun, make new friends and contribute to your community. There are literally hundreds of sport and recreation opportunities in WA available to people wanting to get involved in a club – but not necessarily by playing sport.  Find out more by visiting the Volunteering WA website.

Supporting youth in the regions

If you are a young athlete living in regional WA and have been identified as having potential to reach state or national selection, you can apply for a Country Athlete Scholarship to assist with your development. This can support you to attend training sessions, state and national team selections, state and national competitions and special coaching sessions.

Financial assistance

KidSport enables Western Australian children to participate in community sport and recreation, no matter their financial circumstances. Eligible youth aged 5–18 years can apply for financial assistance to contribute towards club fees and these will go directly to the registered KidSport clubs through their participating local government.

While the primary objective of KidSport is to ensure all Western Australian children can participate in sport and recreation clubs, its secondary objective is to engage these children and their families in the community.

Kidsport Logo - the words KIDSPORT on a white background

I want to work in the industry

I don’t want to be a coach or physio, so what other types of jobs are available? What do employers look for in prospective employees? What skills do they seek? How do I make attractive Curriculum Vitae? How do I handle a job interview? 

For answers to these questions and more, please see the links below that will help you land your dream job!

  • Careers in sport and recreation
  • Industry selection criteria
  • Ace the interview
  • Career Advice Australia website
  • Dare to dream – win your dream job
  • Ready, Set, Grow – looking for the ultimate career
  • Style Matters – dress for success

How do I get practical experience?

The sport and recreation industry is extremely competitive, so it’s important to gain as much practical experience as possible while you are studying. Not only does it look great on your CV, it provides you with the skills and contacts within the industry that can't be gained in a formal setting.

The Department has provided a few contacts to help you start finding opportunities that exist in the industry, as well as discover organisations you can volunteer at to increase your knowledge and skills. When contacting the employers listed, it is important to:

  • Send an email saying who you are, that you are interested in possible work experience opportunities, and why you are interested in working there.
  • A Resume or CV should be attached. (If you know them directly, contact them by phone).
  • If they have not replied within a week, it is vital to give them a follow-up call.

Remember, there are many ways to get in touch with a host agency:

  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Personal Visit
  • Visit their website

Be proactive! Good luck!

Contacts to get you started:

WA Sports Federation (WASF)

Project Manager WA
Sports Lotteries House, Stephenson Ave
Telephone 08 9387 8100
Facsimile 08 9387 8018
Email the Project Manager
Visit the WASF website

Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA)

Executive Officer
PO Box 1110
Email the Executive Officer
Visit the PLA website

Outdoors WA (OWA)

Executive Officer
7 Irvine Street
Telephone 08 9468 0102
Email the Executive Officer
Visit the OWA website

Fitness Australia

Level 2, Suite 201,
90-96 Bourke Road
Telephone 1300 211 311
Facsimile 1300 734 613
Email Fitness Australia WA 

LIWA Aquatics

LIWA Aquatics
PO Box 726 HILLARYS WA 6025
Telephone 08 9273 6080
Email the President 
Visit the LIWA website

Geoff White portrait
Photo of a building and the surrounding grounds at Orelia Oval


As a parent, you play a key role in creating healthy environments for your children, including the demonstration of positive and acceptable behaviours in sport and recreation.

Participation in sport and physical activity is key to the health and development of children and youth, and provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.  However, without parental encouragement and your willingness to be involved at various levels, they may not receive enough exposure to activities that can enhance their lives, both in the short and long term.

Rule number 1 - keep it fun

The Department’s Active Parent Education Kit and provides advice, ideas and resources to help parents promote physical activity to youth in a way that keeps them motivated and engaged – and how to make it fun.

Currently there are nine individual resource sheets available for download:

  • Benefits of physical activity for your children
  • Value of sport and recreation
  • Active kids at different ages
  • Preventing teen drop out
  • Inclusion of children with disabilities
  • Inclusion of children from CaLD and Indigenous backgrounds
  • Parent role on game day
  • Harassment-free sport and recreation
  • Volunteering

The Australian Sports Commission's web site also has a number of resources available to help you encourage your children to adopt a more physically-active lifestyle.

Safe environments for our kids

A parent, coach or volunteers behaviour within a club and on the sporting sideline can determine whether a child feels safe and has a good time playing sport.  The Department recommends the following resources to help ensure all children are able to participate in a safe environment:
  • Good Practices Guide
  • Member protection (photographing children) guidelines
  • Working with Children Legislation
  • Harassment-free sport and recreation

Visit the Department’s safety and Integrity section for more information about Child Safe Environments and Child Protection in Sport and Recreation.

Photo of a group of school children sitting on a bench, with their backs to the camera


Teachers play one of the most important roles in encouraging sport and recreation participation, by introducing young people to the benefits of physical activity.

Participating in school sport is fundamental to the health and development of our children and youth. It provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and is associated with a range of other benefits including social interaction, increased attentiveness, confidence, health and overall wellbeing.

Supporting teachers to promote physical activity

The Department offers a number of opportunities for teachers to discover new ideas on how to deliver sport to their students and make their physical education lessons more exciting and inviting.  These include:

Junior Sport Development Days

The Department and the Active After-school Communities program host these days to:

  • Up-skill teachers in a variety of sport and recreation activities
  • Provide networking opportunities
  • Help schools develop links with State Sporting Associations and other sport and recreation providers
  • Allow teachers to share information and knowledge with each other

Recreation Camps

The Department provides four fantastic recreational camps situated around the greater Perth area that offer schools and organisations the ideal location for conferences, personal development, team building and participation in a safe and fun environment. 

Passport into Schools

The Passport into Schools offers information about how sporting organisations can work with schools to effectively implement collaborative sport and recreation programs.

Publications for teachers

The Department recommends the following publications and resources for teachers:

  • Active kids at different ages
  • Benefits of physical activity
  • Costs of physical inactivity
  • Good Practices Guide
  • Inclusion of children from CaLD and Indigenous backgrounds
  • Inclusion of children with disabilities
  • Less active population groups
  • Preventing teen drop out
  • Sport/physical education in schools
  • Value of sport and recreation


Sport and recreation activities must be attractive to young people.

Encouraging young people to participate

Clubs and associations who deliver youth activities must fully understand why young people participate in and drop out of, sport.  To support the industry with this, the Department has produced the Youth Sports Good Practice Guide, which is packed with real examples of how sports have addressed the issue of attracting and keeping young people in their sport.

A number of other resources, guidelines and checklists have also been developed to help national sporting organisations, state organisations and clubs to develop their own sport-specific youth oriented policies. These include:

  • Junior Sport Framework
  • Preventing teen drop out
  • Get Active Youth Posters

To place an order for the Get Active Youth Posters, please specify how many of each poster you require (max of 10 per poster) email, phone, fax or post your order to:


Executive Officer
Telephone (08) 9383 7708
Facsimile (08) 9387 8018

Passport into Schools

Linking clubs with schools to deliver sport and recreation programs is one way for the industry to address the number of youth dropping out of activities as they get older.  The Passport into Schools guide suggests strategies and shows best practice examples for initiating and maintaining partnerships between sports and schools. 

The guide is primarily for sport development officers and addresses the following key areas:

  • Different school sport systems in WA
  • Physical education curriculum strategies for sports
  • Case studies
  • Passport checklist

The Passport into Schools guide is available through the ClubsOnline website.