The Polyglot Theatre arts program has been a welcome addition to the Rumbalara Football Netball Club in 2017.

Together the groups launched a three-year partnership aiming to inspire young people while increasing the visibility of the club within the community. Volunteer Belinda Briggs said the arts program has added another dimension to the club. “Sport is a way to express yourself but not all children play sport and art is so broad and there are so many ways you can engage,” Belinda said. “The partnership allowed us to increase opportunities for young people to access art and enjoy being able to express themselves through the various activities, engaging their imagination, play and sharing ideas.”

During the year Polyglot Theatre has attended a number of home matches offering a range of creative activities including radio broadcasts, zines and paste-ups. Radio broadcasts were a crowd favourite with young people learning how to use the equipment to commentate matches and interview people. They also had the opportunity to create paste-up artworks which were then displayed around town on the walls of local businesses. Belinda said people as young as four through to their 20s thoroughly enjoyed the program.

“They love it,” she said. “I think the activities that we chose just really lent themselves to the kids incorporating their identity, their culture and what they love about life. “They had the kids do drawings, they were incorporating Yorta Yorta language, they were doing interviews as well and it was a really good way to have the children engage with the footy club and explore what the footy club means to them and the people around them.”

Ahead of year two of the partnership, Belinda said Rumba would soon meet with Polyglot Theatre to plan future activities. “This year was a bit of a trial to see what the kids really enjoyed and took to,” she said. “I’m eager to see what Polyglot comes up with; they do some pretty amazing, different activities. “Whatever it is, it will be pretty exciting.”

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