Kick off the winter blues

A community soccer tournament will headline a range of exciting activities for Hume’s youth as part of Council’s winter teenage holiday program, Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said today.

Cr Atmaca said Hume has organised a round-robin competition for young people who want to hone their soccer skills or give the sport a try.

“Our youth services team has come up with some terrific activities for teenagers, and this soccer tournament is proving very popular,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Youth who are aged between 14 and 19 years will take to the indoor pitch at Broadmeadows Leisure Centre in teams of seven, on Wednesday 8 July.

“The tournament offers a great way for teenagers to take part in some friendly competition, and get to know other young people from across Hume.

“We’ll provide water and snacks for the players, and I’m sure the day will be a real highlight for many of our residents on school holidays.”

Council’s teenage school holiday program includes visits to special events as well as workshops that afford a chance for young people to experience something new.

Cr Atmaca said the schedule was very diverse.

“We’ve organised a visit to Oz Comic-Con so that teenagers can meet celebrities, secure autographs and dress-up as super heroes,” he said.

“Another activity will enable young people to enjoy an afternoon at Circus Oz, where they will watch spectacular acts and jaw-dropping stunts.

“We’ll also coordinate a session about 3D modelling, in which participants may digitally scan themselves and print a mini-me version!”

While all activities in the winter holiday program have been booked to capacity, young people can still attend a number of free events at Hume’s libraries, including:

• PlayStation tournaments, for people aged 10 to 18, at Broadmeadows Library (2pm, 2 July) and Craigieburn Library (3pm, 2 July);
• LEGO Challenge, in which people aged 10 to 14 can race each other as they construct a LEGO object, at Sunbury Library (1pm, 1 July); and
• Comic book workshops, tailored to those aged 10 to 18, who would like to learn how to make their own comic book, at Broadmeadows Library (1pm, 9 July), Sunbury Library (2pm, 8 July), Craigieburn Library (2pm, 7 July) and Roxburgh Park Homestead Community Centre (2pm, 10 July).

Cr Atmaca said Council was keen to support Hume’s youth.

“The young people in our community are our leaders of tomorrow, and we want to assist them at every opportunity,” he said.

“Hume’s youth are very creative and they enjoy many interests, and Council wants to make it possible for them to experience lots of different things.

“While we offer special activities during the school holidays, Hume also delivers a diverse range of programs right throughout the year.”

Council operates youth centres in Broadmeadows, Sunbury, Roxburgh Park, and Craigieburn, and also coordinates activities for teenagers at the Meadow Heights Community Centre.

The program includes drop-in sessions and a youth leaders’ initiative, in which teenagers can discuss issues that are important to them.

Young people may also access free counselling, to talk through any problems or concerns in a confidential and sensitive way.

Further information on Hume City Council’s fully-supervised youth programs is here.


Updated : 3:09 PM, 15 June 2015

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