TACTYCS – Early Intervention


Rotary Club of Brighton and TeamSports4All Join Forces to Bring More Sport to Disadvantaged Kids with a Government Funding Injection

MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, June 2, 2022: The Rotary Club of Brighton (RCB) and Team Sports4All (TS4A) are proud to announce they have been successful in their joint application for $349,956 of funding. This May RCB and TS4A were advised they will receive the grant money as part of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources “Safer Communities - Early Intervention Grants” (round 6). As a result, the organisations will work to deliver the joint program “Teams And Connection Through Youth Community Sport (TACTYCS)” to support early intervention activities and help at-risk, marginalised youth in the 12-24 years of age bracket.
“Team Sports4All has been assisting families doing it tough since 2011.” Said Cameron Dare, Chair, Team Sports4All. “Whilst we are established in Bayside, this grant will enable us to reach even more families enduring financial and/or social distress by enabling access to sport”.
The TACTYCS program will work across several local council areas including Bayside, Port Phillip, Glen Eira, Kingston and Frankston. Through access and engagement with team sports, and involvement in Rotary Youth programs (RYPEN and RYLA), the initiative aims to divert young people from engaging in criminal activity or anti-social behaviour. These programs aim to improve social connections and personal development and are not only good for the youth involved but also for the community at large. 
“Rotary International is known for the strengths of our network, it’s iconic programs and experience in supporting young people.” Said Julie Avery, Club President, Rotary Club of Brighton. “This is an exciting opportunity to work at the grass roots level in local communities to change lives”. 
The early years are key in the development of adolescent behaviour, as such the organisations will work to identify suitable participants for the program. The model’s focus aims to support the development of life skills, inclusion and to build resilience in young people. Working with the Rotary network, local council, Victoria Police and other community organisations, TS4A aims to work to identify 500 young people to join the TACTYCS program.
“We’re really excited that the funding gives us greater opportunity to make more of a difference to at-risk young people in areas where they need it most.” Said Jo Kwok, Director Youth & Vocational Services, Rotary Club of Brighton. “Particularly post-covid to provide them with the chance to build better connections with their community through team sports and Rotary.” 
TS4A provides financial and emotional support to young people experiencing disadvantage by getting them into team sports. The organisation pays registrations, uniform costs and assists in getting them to and from training sessions and matches. The next two years will see Team Sports 4 All expand their model across multiple regions.  
For more information on Team Sports4All, visit http://teamsports4all.com.au/

Rotary Club of Brighton
Jo Kwok (Director of Youth & Vocational Services)
0415 188 985

Team Sports4All 
Mike Rikard-Bell – Director
0417 558 995

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