School Sports


In 2004, it was identified that many students with a disability did not have access to structured sporting sessions during school hours, prompting Total Recreation to start working in schools.

As outlined in the School Sports survey conducted during 2009, 67% of students involved in the School Sports program had never previously been involved in structured sporting activities. It also highlighted that 81% of the students surveyed also felt that their involvement in the School Sports program had motivated them to become more active outside of school hours.  A separate survey was also conducted with the teachers and support staff who attended the program. They identified that students involved had developed skills, increased fitness and gained confidence from their involvement.

The program has developed over the years to include over 200 students from the majority of Darwin and rural schools on a weekly basis. The program is delivered each week through a variety of sessions in schools, and includes the swimming carnival, NT Table Cricket Championships and the Nemarluk and Henbury athletics carnivals. The program provides a safe and inclusive environment in which students with a disability develop sporting skills, become part of a team and experience all of the advantages of being involved in physical activity.

A further pathway of this program is a gymnastics group, a swimming squad and athletics, all of which practice after school and involve athletes with a disability. These athletes were introduced to the sport during the School Sports program and many of them regularly represent the Northern Territory at high level events including the Arafura Games and the Special Olympics Nation Games.

Physical activity is important in the development of any child. The School Sports program aims to close the gap between students with a disability and their peers, providing an equal access to structured physical activity during school hours.


Tenpin Bowling

The tenpin bowling Rage League has now been incorporated into the Adult Social League, which is also open to our youth members.  The head coach, Kaye Talbot, has years of experience playing and coaching at a national level. If you want to join or find out more contact Total Recreation on 8981 3686.

Where: Planet Tenpin

When: Saturdays 12pm-2pm


In a safe and secure environment, Sailability gives our youth members the opportunity to get out on the water in boats that are designed for people with limited mobility. This is the perfect introduction to sailing for anyone who has no experience in sailing and an excellent chance for experienced sailors to develop their skills. If you are interested in attending or would like more information please call Total Recreation on 8981 3686.
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Youth Activities and Special Events

Youth Activities and Special Events

Our 8-17 year old youth members have the fantastic opportunity to participate in youth activities. These activities are held during the school holidays and vary from exciting 1-2 day outings, which include outings to the movies, bowling and having lunch with friends, and longer adventurous youth camps.

The youth camps run and organised by Total Recreation range between 1-3 days. The camps can include overnighting at the Northern Territory Wildlife Park or participating in 3 day long adventure camps. All camps are jam packed with fun and excitement and offer a great range of diverse activities such as canoeing, bush walking, cooking, gaining hands on experience with the wildlife and many more exciting opportunities.

Youth members also have the opportunity to participate in Youth Special Events, which include Circus Oz, Base in the Grass and a variety of other live musical and stage acts on offer in Darwin.

Bookings for the youth activities and special events must be made on the Wednesday prior to the activity. All upcoming activities and special events can be found in our current newsletter.

Turn off the Xbox, get out, get active and join us for some fun and adventure!