Teen girls to stand up as new Coasting Stand Up Paddleboarding Program to launch across Victoria

Teenage girls across the state will have the opportunity to get on the water and learn to paddleboard thanks to a new program from Surfing Victoria and VicHealth.
The Coasting Stand Up Paddleboarding program will now offer teenage-specific sessions under VicHealth’s Growing Participation in Sport initiative in addition to its highly successful program for women.

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VicHealth announce new opportunities for teens to get more active

Food trucks, music and festivals might not be typically associated with sport and physical activity. Yet these teen-friendly activities will form part of a major new VicHealth program shaking up traditional sport to get teenagers active and healthy.


The new $6 million Growing Participation in Sport program comes after a VicHealth report found teenagers were almost five times more likely to be on their smartphone than being active.


Additionally the report found 92 per cent of teenagers aren’t meeting the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines of an hour of physical activity every day. In contrast the average teenager spends more than three hours a day on screens like smartphones and ipads.


VicHealth will partner with 19 sports, including AFL, touch football, and skateboarding, to try to turn this around by making sport more fun and attractive to teenagers.


New activities to tempt teens away from their screens include a seven-week festival combining food trucks and touch football and a rollerskating program targeting teenage girls.


Victorian Minister for Health Jill Hennessy said the health benefits for teenagers from being regularly active couldn’t be underestimated.


“Regular physical activity and playing sport can provide many benefits for our physical and mental health. This program is about making sport attractive and interesting for teenagers so they can be happy, healthy and thrive.”


VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the statewide program was all about making sport accessible, fun and non-competitive to get less active teens into sport.


“Playing sport is a really fun and social way for our kids to keep active, but we know that sport participation halves when they hit their teenage years,” Ms Rechter said.


“Many teenagers have told us that they stopped playing sport because it stopped being fun and started getting too competitive.


“We’re working with sports organisations to deliver programs for teens that focus more on having fun and building skills and less on winning and being the best. Additionally they combine sport with things we know teens love like food trucks, hanging out with friends and listening to music.”


VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said sports organisations had to try new things if they wanted to get less active teens to play sport.


“Many teenagers have told us they’re not interested in sport that’s too competitive or that takes them away from doing the things they love like hanging out with their friends,” she said.


“Some young people thrive on competition and playing to win. Yet a lot of teenagers just want sport to be fun, social and a bit of a stress relief.


“Regular physical activity is so great for teens’ physical and mental health and we need them to do more of it. If that means changing the way sport is played then we need to shake things up to benefit our kids’ health.”


The Growing Participation in Sport program aims to get close to 60,000 less active teenagers playing sport over the next three years. Activities will focus on engaging teenagers who face health inequities, those who don’t engage in regular physical activity and those that aren’t interested in participating in existing traditional sport offerings. More information is available at https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding/growing-participation-in-sport-program.


AFL Victoria

AFL Unity Cup is a structured non-contact football program that brings people together from all cultures and religious faiths.

Australian Sailing

Get In2 Sailing and windsurfing program aims to increase physical activity levels of less active teens through the exciting, alternative sports of sailing and windsurfing.

Blind Sports Victoria

Social blind tennis and soccer programs for teens. The program will be available to sighted participants (bring-a-friend) who will wear blindfolds to level the playing field.

Bowls Victoria

Roll Up is a 6 week introductory bowls competition aimed at secondary school students.

Cycling Victoria

Let’s Ride: Community is a 10 week club based program that provides professional cycling education for teens with a focus on teaching cycling skills, knowledge of road rules, as well as general road and traffic awareness.

Football Federation Victoria (FFV)

Football for Fun is a social, modified version of traditional football (soccer), with participants attending a local venue with friends and playing a friendly game of football.

Golf Victoria

Delivered in local parks, ovals or leisure facilities, Freestyle Golf is a modified introductory Golf program.

Gymnastics Victoria

GymPT is an all abilities program that uses gymnastics equipment, to get teens fit and having fun in new and creative ways

Hockey Victoria

J-Ball is a non-competitive, safe and fun game-based format of hockey that uses music and social media to keep teens interested. It can be played by anyone regardless of their skills or fitness levels.

Lacrosse Victoria

Social Stix is a modified non-competitive lacrosse program incorporating fun activities, in a safe and friendly environment.

Life Saving Victoria

The Key to Aquatics Project for culturally communities is a community swimming and water safety education program.

Netball Victoria

Rock Up Netball Youth is a non-traditional format of netball which is fun, flexible, social, non-competitive and run outside of school hours.

Touch Football Australia

In Touch with Youth is a localised seven-week youth festival offering music, entertainment, food trucks, and modified/non-competitive touch football games.

Skate Victoria

She Rolls is a skate based holistic fitness program that brings teenage girls together to exercise their bodies, hearts and minds. The program provides some opportunities for participants to learn about skating as well as nutrition and mental health.

Skateboarding Victoria

All Aboard Skateboarding Sessions is a gender inclusive skateboarding workshop for new skateboarders. The program is fun, safe and social.

Surfing Victoria

Coasting - Stand Up Paddleboarding is a modified girls only program that introduces Stand Up Paddleboarding to teen girls in a fun and social environment.

Squash Victoria

Double Dot offers fun, sociable and quick squash and racquetball activities. With programs held on squash courts, participants will have fun and improve their skills in a relaxed environment, without the pressure to perform.

Tennis Victoria

Tennis 4 Teens has been designed with teens for teens. It focuses on fun, fitness and skill development all in a stress-free and non-competitive environment.

Triathlon Victoria

TRI2gether is an introduction to triathlons focussing on finish lines, not finish times. The program supports young people, of all backgrounds and abilities, to look at their performance with an achievement mindset, not through the lens of competition.

Stand Up Paddleboarding to call Eastern Beach home this weekend as part of the Coasting Program

Eastern Beach, Geelong, VIC/AUS (Monday 23rd April 2017): Geelong Women will get the chance to learn Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) this weekend when the Coasting: SUP for Women program heads to Eastern Beach.
The program is an initiative of VicHealth and is now in its 3rd year of getting females more active through the exciting new activity.
Each participant will learn how to SUP on flat water in a fun, safe and female-friendly environment. The program is led by experienced Surfing Victoria SUP coaches.
Coasting Program Manager Kim Byrne, believes that Geelong is one of the best locations for SUP in Victoria.
“This is a great opportunity for Women to get out and enjoy the incredible waterfront that Geelong has to offer.”
“SUP is a safe, easy and fun activity and is perfect for groups of friends who want to chat whilst still getting a good core workout.”
“Geelong is lucky to have an asset like the Waterfront and we hope that introducing some more Women to SUP will allow more people to utilise that asset.”
Cost of a 60 minute session is $35 and includes board hire and instruction from Surfing Victoria coaches.
Sessions will be held on the 28th April at Eastern Beach (Ritchie Blvd Car Park). Interested participants can register via www.coastingsup.com
Coasting: SUP for Women is part of VicHealth’s new Active Women and Girls for Health and Wellbeing program which aims to get more females active across the state in both regional and metro areas.
Full details about VicHealth’s new Active Women and Girls for Health and Wellbeing program, including how to register interest for the new sporting activities, can be found at www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activewomen

About Coasting SUP for Women:

Coasting is an introductory program that will deliver Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) to females in Victoria, at both coastal and inland locations. The program aims to increase the physical activity levels of females in Victoria in a fun and social environment. Participants are taught the basics around SUP including water safety, correct technique and how to manoeuvre the board whilst engaging in a new activity that they may never have experienced before. The program is delivered via Surfing Victoria affiliated deliverers.

Stillwater Paddleboards to host Coasting Launch this weekend!

Central Victoria SUP school, Stillwater Padleboards will this weekend be hosting their Coasting Launch weekend at Lake Eppalock in Bendigo!

"We are pretty excited about our first 'Coasting' program this season we've added in a few extra treats for our launch weekend" said Stillwater Paddleboards owners Lola Makar and Jamie Gilmour.

"We are so grateful to Kim from Surfing Vic to be joining us. We are promoting a family atmosphere by inviting participants loved ones and families at the end of our final session to come and join us for a picnic get together, that way the participants can show off their new skills and maybe even take their little ones out for a paddle."

"We absolutely loved delivering the 'Coasting' program last season.  It was great to see so many country Victorian women and girls appreciate being able to do the sport inland and locally.  We got to be involved with their journeys over the three sessions, watched friendships form and skills develop at a really quick pace.  Many participants have purchased their own SUPs and have fallen in love with the sport, and we still cross paths with them out on the water today." 

The program is a three session package @ 1.5hrs each.  Starts Friday night 6pm for a sunset SUP, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 9.30am.

Jump on to www.stillwaterpaddleboards.com.au to book in your session today!