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Community sport gives kids a healthy start

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Community Sport Gives Kids a Healthy Start

5 May 2014

On Saturday, Federal Member for Dickson and Minister for Sport, Peter Dutton, reinforced the Government’s commitment to local sport.

Mr Dutton visited the Brendale Sporting Complex to watch the U11s Aspley v Elimbah game as part of the AFL’s National round aimed at supporting community umpiring.

“The AFL umpiring program is a great way for children to make new friends, learn new skills, get fit and encourage healthy growth and development,” he said.

Michael Conlan, AFL Q CEO, reiterated Mr Dutton’s comments and encourages kids to get involved.

“Regardless of gender, nationality, physical capabilities, anyone can be involved in umpiring,” he said.

Mr Dutton also spoke with new junior umpires during his visit and praised the work of all volunteers across Australia who help children play the sports they love.

“There’s a sport for everyone, so why not encourage your children to get up, have a go and help put them on the path to a healthier, more active life,” he said.

Mr Dutton said the Australian Government is committed to supporting local clubs in all sporting areas wherever possible.

Anyone interested in becoming an AFL umpire should visit the AFL Umpires website.

For further information, contact the Minister’s Office - 02 6277 7220.

The Hon Peter Dutton MP Federal Member for Dickson Minister for Health Minister for Sport