Leisure Networks gets kids moving in partnership with Bellarine Community Health 

Leisure Networks is having fun bringing its very own Mini Movers program to children in Portarlington and St Leonards, thanks to a great partnership with Bellarine Community Health (BCH). 

“Bellarine Community Health’s, Healthy and Connected Communities Team (HCCT) are thrilled to be partnering with Leisure Networks to bring the Mini Movers program to children on the Bellarine Peninsula,” said Chloe McKenzie, Healthy Communities Planner at BCH. 

The physical wellbeing program, delivered by Leisure Networks, is designed for pre-school and early primary school aged children to improve motor skills as well as build on their social and emotional capabilities.  

“Sport is a fun learning space for children,” explains Tori Honner, Program Coordinator at Leisure Networks, “As well as getting active, the children benefit from other strategies such as perseverance, sociability and self-esteem. These are really important skills that we know will support children as they move through primary school. 

“We want children to get early exposure to lots of different types of sport, to help them find something they love that they can pursue as they get older. Leisure Networks is all about building active and connected communities, and sport is at the heart of that.” 

It comes as no great surprise, that recent Mini Movers sessions have focussed on acquiring soccer skills, as our whole nation gets swept up in the Matilda’s success. Children at St Leonards and Portarlington Primary Schools, as well as Portarlington Preschool have embraced the opportunity provided through Live Well Bellarine, the community health promotion plan delivered by the Healthy and Connected Communities Teams (HCCT) at BCH. 

“BCH is always looking for ways we can help to get more children and families on the Bellarine active,” said Chloe. 

Leisure Networks respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of Australia. We are committed to inclusive communities.