St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre

Local groups provide inclusive community sports fun!

St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre has joined forces with the City of Fremantle, the University of Notre Dame, the Stephen Michael Foundation, Foundation Housing, Palmerston, South Fremantle Football Club, Galati & Sons and Spring Into Fitness as part of Reclink Australia’s new Street Games initiative in Fremantle.

Every Wednesday at Princess May Park, people from all walks of life join in with footy, boxing and cricket as part of an effort to build community through sports and art. “We are thrilled to see so many people joining in,” said Reclink’s Michelle Duffield. “We’ve had people who are experiencing homelessness from St. Pat’s join us, people with disabilities, people just interested in having a kick – it’s a very inclusive and fun environment.”

“For our clients, it’s been fantastic,” said St. Pat’s CEO Michael Piu. “It’s not just the physical health benefits, it’s the engagement in the broader community and the sheer enjoyment that’s wonderful to see. Our Street to Home programme has been instrumental in getting this project off the ground and encouraging clients to join in. Some of these clients have had very tough times over the last year so to see the smiles on their faces when kicking the footy around is very special.”

“Reclink provides evidence-based sports and arts programs to disadvantaged Australians,” explained Ms Duffield. “It’s all about creating pathways to improved health and wellbeing, as well as education and employment outcomes.”

“Reclink’s aims align very well with our goals here at St. Pat’s,” said Mr Piu. “St. Pat’s has always taken a holistic approach to client wellbeing – their physical and mental health, their social wellbeing, their sense of purpose and meaning. This is what our case workers do on a daily basis.”

Street Games is open to all members of the community and runs every Wednesday from 10am-11:30am in Princess May Park, corner of Adelaide Street and Parry Streets Fremantle. No need to reserve a spot – just come along on the day.

For interviews and photo opportunities:
Varnya Bromilow
Communications Coordinator
St. Patrick’s Community Support Centre
Mobile: 0434-692-307 Email: vbromilow@stpats.com.au

Simone Ireland
Community Sports Coordinator – Fremantle/Rockingham
Reclink Australia
Mobile: 0409-982-891 Email: simone.ireland@reclink.org

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