SPORTSWORK launched by Minister Luke Donnellan MP

THE love of basketball and desire to advance career prospects has led to the launch of SPORTSWORK.

SPORTSWORK was launched at the State Basketball Centre on Monday morning, with participants from the inaugural program – ran in partnership between Basketball Victoria and ECHO Australia – meeting the Victorian Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan MP, who presented them with new jerseys at the launch.

Mr. Donnellan MP announced a $100,000 Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund grant for the SPORTSWORK program, a partnership between Basketball Victoria and ECHO Australia.

Celebrating the launch of SPORTSWORK, Mr. Donnellan MP said it was important for all Victorians to have an opportunity to gain employment and believes programs like SPORTSWORK will play a significant role in that process.

“We want to ensure absolutely everybody benefits from a strong and growing economy, including people with disability,” Mr. Donnellan MP said. “We are tearing down employment barriers to help more people with disability to gain meaningful and sustainable career opportunities.”

Luke Donnellan

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan shows off his basketball skills at the Sportswork launch yesterday. Picture: BASKETBALL VICTORIA

Basketball Victoria CEO Nick Honey said the organisation was proud to partner with ECHO Australia to operate this program and give Victorians of all abilities the chance to connect their basketball passions to their workplace ambitions.

“Harnessing the passion for basketball to help provide social and professional improvement is a brilliant way to give further opportunities to Victorians with a disability who want to seek out employment,” Honey said. “SPORTSWORK is a great opportunity for the Victorian sporting community to let their love of basketball flow through to the workforce and help give our next generation a chance to flourish on and off the court.

“We’re proud to partner with ECHO Australia to put on this program and look forward to seeing our inaugural program members advance their professional and sporting opportunities through SPORTSWORK.”

Based at the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South, SPORTSWORK encompasses both on and off court activities to help you get ready for the workforce.

SPORTSWORK is ‘a sports pathway to employment’ launching in 2019, providing a comprehensive personal development program for people with disability. The program is focused on maximizing athletic and employment potential to help participants be the best that they can be.

SPORTSWORK includes employment skills training from ECHO Employment Services, basketball coaching from Basketball Victoria, nutrition information sessions, one on one mentoring and motivational support as well as assistance in searching and applying for suitable jobs.

For further information on SPORTSWORK or getting yourself or someone you know involved in the program, visit the SPORTSWORK website: www.sportswork.org.

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