Free Little Athletics program kicking off at Boggabilla and Toomelah

Free Little Athletics program kicking off at Boggabilla and Toomelah

A free Little Athletics program is on offer for the Boggabilla and Toomelah communities.

Moree Plains Shire Council in partnership with the Local Drug Actions Team will run the free program for children aged seven to 17-years-old.

It aims to encourage children and teenagers to enjoy some fun physical activity while educating them and the whole family on the impacts of using drugs and alcohol through stakeholder-led workshops.

Council's director of planning and community development, Angus Witherby, explained the program was a great opportunity for children who do not usually have access to organised sporting activities.

"The program is for the whole family. While the children are enjoying themselves, parents will be encouraged to learn about Little Athletics and to volunteer for the various roles needed to run the event. Everyone will also be able to take part in the stakeholder sessions," Mr Witherby said.

"By participating in the program, the parents and children will become aware of a potential support network as they meet other people in their community, drug and alcohol agencies and supportive community groups.

"The program will run for six weeks with a carnival scheduled for early December. The children will not only be able to work on their athletic skills but will also have the opportunity to win $200 worth of vouchers each session," he said.

The program will start on Wednesday, October 21 at 4pm Queensland time at Boggabilla Oval and continues each Wednesday for six weeks.

Children will be able to learn skills in track and field events, record their times and compete against their own results each week.

Children from Toomelah will be provided with a bus service to and from the program each Wednesday. Catering will be provided each session.