Active kids

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Sports, exercise and active kids

There are organised groups, centres and open playing fields for just about every type of sport in Australia.

We are an incredibly active country and there is constant evidence of organised sports and active kids and families in most communities. On almost any given weekend during the year you can pass by parks which will be full of cricket or football matches. Pools are popular all summer with many of them heated and open throughout the winter. Cycle paths and walking tracks are popular – pedestrian, peddle, pram and pooch congestion on sunny days and die-hard joggers and cyclists in the rain.

You can involve your child in sports and activity every day throughout the year. Some centres are open to the public at any time while some clubs need registration and enrolments. Parks and sporting fields are managed by local Councils (see Places section for details) and listed on their websites with details about facilities available, accessibility and regulations if any.

Many junior sporting clubs are run by dedicated teams of volunteer parents who contribute their time from home and meet at home grounds during the season. In many cases clubs and teams do not have a dedicated phone number but their websites generally provide the mobile number of current club President, Secretary or Registrars. No personal mobiles have been included in this section as positions can change from season to season as children come and go from clubs. General numbers and emails have been provided where available, otherwise websites regularly update contact details and are often the best starting point.

The following is not nearly a complete list and depended largely on information submitted by clubs and parent suggestions. If a sport is not listed near your town or suburb, some clubs can put you in touch with other clubs or associations to find a team near you. If you would like to include your club’s details on the Guide website, please go to About – Work with us.

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