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Active Inclusion (AI) is committed to unearthing strong inclusive cultures and improving local engagement approaches so that organisations are empowered to identify and realise the full potential of their vibrant and diverse communities.

On this page we share and celebrate best practice and achievement in local clubs, associations, business and organisations that actively engage and include more people to contribute and enjoy community activities, events and social opportunities.

If you have a program, event or story you would like to share that showcases best practice in creating inclusive communities please contact our Active Inclusion team on 8122 6735 or at

Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club – Seabird Nippers

Surf Live Saving is a traditional and essential part of Australia’s modern identity with clubs integral to seaside towns and beachside suburbs across the country. The visible Surf Life Saving Clubs patrolling our beaches play a critical role in keeping South Australian beaches safe to enjoy, while also offering valuable sport and social membership opportunities to individuals, families and the local community.

Like many of South Australia’s local surf lifesaving clubs, Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club (SSLSC) has a long and successful 70 year history, and today boasts over 490 members. The western suburbs club offers an open and family friendly atmosphere where you are welcomed with open arms, whether you are new to the club or ‘part of the furniture’.

SSLSC club secretary Kate Newman has been actively involved in the club for over eight years and along with the dedicated committee, lives and breathes the club motto: ‘Bringing People Together”. This club pillar drives their engagement strategy and connection to their community to ensure all people can join in, share, compete and benefit from their club opportunities. For Kate, it was also the catalyst in the creation of the club’s inaugural Seabird Nippers Inclusive program in 2020. Read more here.

Image of young Seabird Nippers members in the shallow water at the beach on surf life saving boards with their program buddies/instructors.
Image of Valley Vikings netball player Kate

Kate and the Happy Valley Vikings Netball Club

The Well Played campaign is a collection of unique stories of people with disability and sports clubs that embody inclusion. Created by Inclusive Sport SA, in collaboration with Give Media, the campaign aims to improve visibility and awareness within South Australian society of disability in sport and the benefits inclusion brings to both clubs and individuals.

‘Part of the Team’ is a video in the series that features Kate, a 34-year-old Goal Keeper for the Happy Valley Vikings Netball Club in South Australia. A keen netballer for most of her life Kate’s life changed suddenly last year due to a blood clot located in her lung. Kate had a cardiac arrest, which resulted in a hypoxic brain injury. In the weeks that followed, she spent time on life support and a further six months at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre.

Read the full case study here.

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