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The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is offering new “good sports” signs to local clubs and encouraging families to get involved in sport as restrictions begin to ease and sport for under 18s resumes.

Mr O’Brien said many local clubs, both for indoor and outdoor sports, had taken a hit this year with reduced participation resulting in lower income and coronavirus restrictions limiting fundraising opportunities.

“Grassroots sports clubs are the focal point of many of our Gippsland communities and we want to support them to thrive,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Getting children involved in a sporting club early has so many health benefits, not just physically, but socially too.  I’m encouraging everyone involved in junior sport to remember it’s about fun and learning, not just winning.”

Mr O’Brien said he had new “good sports” signs available at his office which are available for local sporting clubs to encourage good sportsmanship.

“At the end of the day, children’s sport is all about having fun and socialising. These signs are a gentle way to remind people of that.

“After a tough year, with many of us spending far more time indoors than we would have liked, children’s sport represents a great opportunity to get out and get active.

“We have a lot of wonderful clubs to choose from in Gippsland, most of which are run by hard-working volunteers and I’m encouraging parents to start thinking about signing up their children and getting involved themselves.”

Mr O’Brien said signs, along with mini-hand sanitiser, can be obtained for junior sports clubs by contacting his office on 5144 1987 or emailing danny.obrien@parliament.vic.gov.au.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien handing over a good sportsmanship sign and hand sanitiser to Leongatha Basketball Association president Dan Monaghan (pre-mask rules).

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