Bigger Picture Sport

When we play sport – our whole community wins

Stephen Michael Cup players and coach


Sport is also uniquely placed to unite cultures and communities, break down barriers and help build social capital.

Aboriginal sport

The State Government recognises the value of sport and recreation to Aboriginal people and we’re committed to increasing participation in physical activity and building the community capacity to encourage it.

We want to increase Aboriginal participation and support and train athletes, coaches, officials and administrators from grassroots programs through to those in elite competition.

Improving health and wellbeing

Participation in sport and recreation plays a vital role in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and their communities. There are great mental and physical benefits to being active and research shows that kids who are more active learn better.

Culture and community

Sport is also uniquely placed to unite cultures and communities, break down barriers and help build social capital.

NAIDOC week DSR ad Bigger Picture Sport

Programs and initiatives

The Department of Sport and Recreation has numerous programs and initiatives helping create a more active and engaged Aboriginal community including:

  • Ignite Basketball, Night Hoops and Streetball: These basketball-based projects in Armadale and Fremantle have been successful in keeping young people engaged in a sport, out of Northbridge and away from anti-social behaviour.    
  • Nicky Winmar Carnival, Western Desert Shield, Kirby Bentley Cup and Stephen Michael Cup: These football carnivals bring together young Aboriginal players from all over the State to compete and learn the life-long skills of leadership and sportsmanship.    
  • NAIDOC Netball Carnival and Aboriginal grassroots netball program: Aboriginal girls and women all over WA have learnt to play netball thanks to these programs, enjoying healthy competition and learning about sportsmanship and leadership.   
  • KidSport: Helps kids who couldn’t otherwise afford to join a local sporting club. As of February 2016 more than 8800 Aboriginal kids are now playing sport because of this program, 5924 of them for the first time.
  • Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme: These subsidies help talented athletes on elite pathways train and compete away from home.
  • Community Sporting Club Equipment Scheme: Sporting clubs can apply for $500 for new shared sporting equipment. Many clubs have fielded entire new teams because they now have extra equipment.