Hundreds of sports-mad kids converged on Churchill Reserve for the Tomorrow Today Foundation’s ‘‘Come and Try’’ day during the weekend.
Held on Saturday at the reserve, 16 clubs and hobby groups from Benalla and nearby towns held demonstrations and exercises for the kids to give the sport a go.
Sports on offer were majority and minority, and included Auskick, hockey, soccer, tennis, basketball, archery and more.
Hobby groups, such as Astronomy Benalla, dance groups, woodworking and performing arts were also there.
Tomorrow Today Foundation chief executive officer Pat Claridge said after a successful Come and Try day last year, which saw more than 75 kids register for local sport, she was expecting about 300 to partake this year.
‘‘The day is for everyone. And particularly we wanted to see kids from families that might not be able to send their kids to sport or be able to access sport,’’ Ms Claridge said.
‘‘It’s so good for kids’ physical and mental wellbeing.’’
Along with putting on the day for local kids, the foundation also spoke to hundreds of parents wanting to get their children into sport, but could not because of financial restrictions.
Ms Claridge said in struggling families, sport could often be ‘‘the first thing to go if food needs to be on the table.’’
But because of sport’s importance to health and wellbeing the foundation was looking to assist those families financially.
‘‘Word of mouth is a bit part of this being promoted — I think at first parents were a bit questioning of how they would go about getting their kids into sport through us, but once a few families got in touch and we helped out, a lot more came through,’’ she said.
●If you want to get in touch with the Tomorrow Today Foundation regarding children in sport, phone 57621211.