It is important for students with disability to develop and maintain friendships and relationships beyond school. As transition occurs existing friendships often change as everyone becomes immersed in their lives. It is therefore important to continue to build new friendships and meet new people.
Engagement in sport, leisure and recreation is a great way to get active and involved in the community. Participating in sport and recreation activities helps young people stay healthy, meet people and form new friendships.
Even if a student is transitioning into further education and training or employment it is still important to encourage them to link into leisure and recreation activities. Young people often find they have spare time on their hands, particularly if their employment or training is on a part-time basis.
Young people with disability engage in sport, leisure and recreation in a variety of ways. Many young people with disability may already be members of local clubs. As young people transition from school it is worthwhile to explore more formal and valued roles young people can play within those clubs.
These roles include:
- membership of club committees
- coaching, assistant coaching and manager roles
- supporter group membership
- club communications support, e.g. website support, newsletter development and distribution
- club assistant roles such as setting up for meeting.
A search of the
Queensland Government sport and recreation website provides a range of information including:
- choosing a sport
- playing a sport
- information for coaches and clubs
- elite sport
Disability Sports Australia website provides information for people with disability, their families, carers and friends, as well as information for coaches and clubs about promoting and supporting inclusion in sport as well as sports and recreation funding.
There are a range of
recreation and leisure activities available including activities that provide support for people with disability.
Outdoors Queensland provides a directory that includes a range of organisations and operators that offer a variety of outdoor activities across Queensland.
Visit Queensland Government sport, recreation and leisure website for more information on local clubs or youth groups.