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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Tangentyere youth activity service



The Youth activity service (YAS) enables young people living in town camps to experience a range of sport and recreational activities that they would otherwise not have access to. This leads to:

YAS operates a wide range of structured activities for Indigenous children and young people living on town camps in Alice Springs. These activities are run up to six days per week throughout the year and operate sessions after school, during evenings, on weekends and during vacation times. The YAS program includes organised sports, cultural activities, music, circus skills, and social activities.

Sport and recreation activities include soccer, football, netball, cricket, basketball, rugby, swimming activities, circus skills. Support is provided for transport, uniforms and costumes, healthy food, and equipment.

This service aims to highlight the strengths, abilities, skills, enjoyment, fun, positive relationships between participants and outcomes of success for children. It is the only avenue available to most children and young people to participate in any type of sporting, music or recreational activities. It has also worked as a bridging program for young people to enter mainstream sporting teams and activities.

Abstract adapted from Tangentyere Council


Tangentyere Council
4 Elder Street
Alice Springs NT 0870
PO Box 8070
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8951 4216
Fax: (08) 8952 8521


Last updated: 3 February 2012
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