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Youth, Sport and Recreation Services

The Youth, Sport and Recreation (YSR) team is present in all the West Arnhem communities.

The role of the team is to provide engaging programs for the residents while also building social capacity within the communities. This is achieved through the employment and training of community members, skill enhancement and nurturing community-led sport and recreation programs to become self-sustaining.

The YSR teams also work with external providers including specialist coaches and facilitators to expand the range of activities. These have culminated into works of art including painted murals, dance workshops and performances as well as umpire and coaching accreditation programs.

An important part of the YSR charter is the provision of pathways for those who excel within their chosen sporting or artistic pursuits. This has seen local community member’s develop their talents to progress to State and National levels within their chosen field. The Maningrida Dance Troupe are a great success story of this, recently winning a state-based competition in Queensland.

The provision of recreational opportunities also provides a positive outlet for the energies of the local youth with improved health and social outcomes. The team seeks to work with other stakeholders within the community to ensure a community-focused program and best use of resources.  


West Arnhem Regional Council operates a number of recreational facilities such as swimming pools at Maningrida and Jabiru, basketball courts, indoor youth centres and chill-out spaces. These facilities provide a safe space to carry out individual and social activities such as such as netball, basketball, discos, pool parties and workshops such as filmmaking and dance. The team are constantly working with the community to meet their needs and facilitate programs that are engaging, enriching and inclusive. 


Jabiru Pool Opening Hours (from 1 May 2023)

Monday: 1.30pm – 6.30pm
Tuesday: 1.30pm – 6.00pm
Wednesday: 1.30pm – 6.30pm
Thursday: 1.30pm – 6.00pm
Friday: 1.30pm – 6.00pm
Saturday: 1.30pm – 6.30pm
Sunday: 1.30pm – 6.30pm

Public Holidays 1.30pm - 6.30pm


Additional 'Wet Season' Opening Hours 
(1 October – 30 April)
Tuesday, Thursday: 6.00am – 8.00am
Saturday: Morning sessions available

Maningrida Pool Opening Hours 
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 6.00am - 8.00am & 3.00pm - 6.00pm
Thursday: 6.00am - 8.00am & 3.00pm - 6.00pm
Friday: 6.00am - 8.00am & 3.00pm - 6.00pm
Saturday: 8.00am - 12 noon and 1.30pm – 5.00pm
Sunday: 8.00am - 12 and 1.30pm – 5.00pm 

Public Holidays: Closed

Outside School Hours Care

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) is conducted in Warruwi each school day to provide after-hours support. The participants undertake various art and craft activities, board games, educational programs, plus indoor sports activities including, table tennis, air hockey and e-sports. This is available each school day from 3.00pm to 7.00pm.