Sporting Clubs Commended for Building Communities Sun 16 September 2012 Brian Wightman Labor Member for Bass Labor Member for Bass Brian Wightman today congratulated the Uni Mowbray Sports Community Club for taking a proactive role in building its community through team sports. Mr Wightman, who performed master of ceremonies duties at the club's Community Sports Day, said it was a credit to all seven sporting clubs who operate under the UMSCC for being prepared to engage with their local community and encourage more people to become involved. "The clubs need players and volunteers, and in return they offer the many benefits of becoming involved in team sports. "Not only does sport encourage people to lead active and healthy lifestyles, but they also allow people to form strong social links which can last a lifetime." Mr Wightman said he also welcomed the Tasmanian University Union's push to promote the clubs to international, interstate and intrastate university students. "They recognise that students who have moved away from home to attend university can benefit hugely by forming links with the community and making social networks - and sporting clubs offer that connectivity. "The UMSCC's Community Sports Day is an excellent initiative and I commend it for taking it upon itself to promote sport to the community. "I wish the clubs every success in attracting new members and playing an even greater role in promoting active and engaged lifestyles," Mr Wightman said.