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Friday, April 23, 2021

Children with a disability dive into new swimming club

The much-loved Rainbow Club is set to shine brightly over a new Hunter location from this weekend.

The organisation, which helps children with a disability learn to swim, has been a prominent force in the Sydney metropolitan area for more than 50 years.

Now, it’s eyeing off a similar role in this region.

The Rainbow Club will open its Kurri Kurri base at the town’s Aquatic and Fitness Centre on Sunday 28 February, with a second one starting in Lake Macquarie for, possibly, Term 2.

Registrations are currently being taken.

Newcastle and Hunter regional coordinator Jarrod Anthony said he was looking forward to expanding the group’s network, sitting at 25, across the Hunter Valley.

“The clubs in Sydney are so popular that families with a child with a disability are joining waiting lists in the hope of getting a place,” he explained.

“So, we’re excited to start up in Kurri Kurri this weekend.

“It will operate from 9.30am to 12.30pm for nine weeks of the school term.

“We employ qualified teachers and give each child individual attention to help them overcome their personal difficulty in learning to swim.

“In fact, therapists and support coordinators recommend the Rainbow Club because of the personalised structure of the lessons, along with the atmosphere and the opportunity to participate in social activities organised by the club.

“Our goal is to establish at least one swim club in each of the following LGAs (local government areas) – Cessnock, Maitland, Singleton, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens.”

The Rainbow Club is a registered provider with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and families can use their child’s NDIS plan to cover the costs.

To find out further information, or to register, go to www.myrainbowclub.org.au

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