Eastern Recreation and Leisure Services (ERLS) aims to develop accessible and inclusive sport and recreation opportunities so that all members of the community, including people with disabilities, can partake in sporting and recreational activities.
The organisation operates across Whitehorse, Monash, Manningham Boroondara, Knox and Maroondah and is overseen by a voluntary committee of management and supported through staff and volunteers.
Within Maroondah ERLS supports the Ringwood Spiders, a football club based at Jubilee Park for people with disabilities, and is also forming partnerships to develop an inclusive and accessible cricket program.
Today’s annual general meeting included a presentation on inclusion, ‘make it your sport!’ a program developed by ERLS to encourage sporting clubs to include people with disabilities and raise awareness of the need for inclusive sporting opportunities.
ERLS demonstrates that all people can participate in sport and recreational activities resulting in more inclusive and healthier lifestyles. The ongoing success of the Ringwood Spiders, in establishing a stronger community and greater participation is a testament to this program and its aims.