Growing club is recognised

By Patrick Tansey

Barooga Little Athletics has been recognised as one of the fastest growing clubs in regional NSW/Victoria.

The club received an award in recognition of outstanding membership efforts during the 2017 season at the 2018 LAVic Conference last month.

Barooga was competing against some tough competition including the likes of Albury, Bendigo, Echuca, Shepparton and Wangaratta, but managed to walk away with the gong in a testament to its inclusive and inviting culture.

‘‘Last season the centre decided to run a shorter season so our season finished just before Christmas and we also did a bit of Facebook advertising as well,’’ Barooga Little Athletics secretary Bec Rowe said.

‘‘We believe both the shorter season and Facebook advertising contributed to our 148 per cent increase in numbers from the previous season (the biggest increase in numbers from any centre in Australia).’’

The centre also realised due to the conditions district athletes face in summer, it would need to adjust its schedule if it wanted to attract and retain members.

‘‘With our extremely hot climate and a lot of 40-plus degree days in the February and March months, our numbers would dramatically drop after the Christmas break due to the heat as well as other sporting commitments,’’ Rowe said. ‘‘Talking with families last season, the majority were happy with the shorter season, so we have continued this for the upcoming season.’’

Barooga is holding a second free come and try night on Monday from 4.45pm at Barooga Recreation Reserve. It follows one held early this week.

All kids aged five to 15 years are invited.

‘‘Our season officially kicks off on September 24 and runs for the 12 weeks following,’’ Rowe said.

‘‘Kids get to try four different events each night (sprints, long distance running, long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus and high jump).

‘‘The cost is $100 per child and we are an Active Kids provider for those that live in NSW.’’