Lacrosse Levels Up on Inclusion: Sport4All and Lacrosse Victoria Join Forces

Expanding Opportunities for All: New Partnership Promotes Inclusive Sports in Lacrosse

Sport4All is taking a major stride towards inclusive sports in Victoria with a groundbreaking new partnership with Lacrosse Victoria. This exciting collaboration aims to propel lacrosse to the forefront of inclusive sports, ensuring everyone has the opportunity to experience the thrill, camaraderie, and physical benefits of this fast-paced sport.

By joining forces, Sport4All will provide Lacrosse Victoria with the tools and resources needed to empower its clubs to fully embrace players and volunteers with disability. This multi-faceted approach will focus on providing training programs specifically designed for coaches and officials to create inclusive sports environments. Additionally, Sport4All will offer a range of informative resources, covering topics like equipment adaptation, communication strategies, and creating welcoming club cultures.

The partnership will prioritise community engagement initiatives, fostering connections between people with disability and local lacrosse clubs. Through this comprehensive approach, this partnership will ensure lacrosse remains a sport that celebrates diversity, reflects the true spirit of inclusive sports, and offers a sense of belonging to everyone in the Victorian community.

“Lacrosse Victoria is dedicated to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all Victorians,” shared Michael Sholly, General Manager of Lacrosse Victoria. “We’re thrilled to partner with Sport4All to equip our clubs with the knowledge and support they need to successfully include people with disability. This partnership represents a significant step forward in making lacrosse a truly inclusive sport.”

In the image, three people are shown at a lacrosse training session. In the center, the coach stands, demonstrating technique to one of the students who is holding a lacrosse bat. The coach is actively instructing the student while showing them proper form. On either side of the coach, two students are mimicking the coach's actions, also holding lacrosse bats as they practice the demonstrated technique. Below the image the Sport4All and Lacrosse Vic logos are shown.

Sport4All Inclusion Coach Maria Strong is enthusiastic about the partnership’s potential to make lacrosse a leader in inclusive sports: “Lacrosse Victoria has already made significant strides in creating a welcoming space for LGBTQ+ participants. I’m excited to collaborate and help them extend that inclusivity to embrace people with disabilities as well. Together, we can ensure that lacrosse offers a truly inclusive sports experience for everyone.”

Sport4All State Manager Jeremy O’Sullivan echoed this sentiment: “Partnering with Lacrosse Victoria to expand opportunities in lacrosse for people with disabilities is an initiative we’re truly passionate about at Sport4All. Collaborations like this are instrumental in raising awareness about the importance of inclusivity within our communities and fostering a more inclusive sporting landscape. We believe that everyone deserves the chance to participate in the joys and benefits of sport, and this partnership brings us a step closer to achieving that goal.”

This partnership signifies a powerful commitment to breaking down barriers and ensuring that lacrosse is a sport that embodies the true spirit of inclusive sports. Both organizations are eager to witness the positive impact this collaboration will have on the Victorian community, solidifying lacrosse’s place as a leader in inclusive sports and inspiring other sports to follow suit.

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Andrew Negrelli

“Inclusive sport matters to me because there is no I in team and everyone is included. Inclusive sport looks like one big happy family all together. I love sport because it keeps me fit and active, and I feel part of a team”

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