It’s sign on time: Local sports clubs gearing up for 2021


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Local clubs are gearing up for their 2021 sport seasons.

A number of clubs are holding upcoming sign-on days and are inviting everyone to get involved.

Eligible families may be interested to know they can apply online for $150 vouchers to help pay for sports fees through the Queensland Government’s Fair Play program.


Port Douglas junior crocs are holding a sign-on day on Sunday 21 February for U8s to U18s girls and boys, as well as for Auskick and Little Superstars aged between five and seven.

The day is a chance for players to come and try their hand at AFL, meet the coaches, test their skills, try on the gear, and have fun.

Coach Craig Mitchell said AFL is for both boys and girls, with the girls competition growing by leaps and bounds over the last couple of years.

“We have gone from two to 27 girls on the last two years,” he said.

“We have a lot of talented girls in the region, who didn’t realise they had the talent until they started playing, so we want to make sure girls understand that AFL is an option for them.”

The sign on day kicks off from 10:00am until 1:00pm at the Port Douglas Sporting Complex.


Registrations are now open for the Douglas Netball Association 2021 season. The club is currently holding free strength and conditioning sessions for players before four weeks of Come and Try matches in March.

Anyone is welcome to join, team and individual registrations welcome. Ages five and up!

The official season kicks off in April. Head to Port Douglas Netball Association to join.


Basketball has already kicked off for 2021 but new players are very much still welcome.

Come and join the kids Aussie Hoops introductory program, a mix of fun and fundamentals, on Wednesdays at 3:45pm or the U12s at 4:30pm. The 12- to 15-year-old program is on Mondays at 4:30pm followed by the senior women’s competition at 6:30pm. While the senior men’s competition is on Tuesdays at 6:00pm.

To find out more head to Douglas Heat Basketball Club. 


The Douglas Shire Motor Sports Association holds regular events every month. Competitors 12 years and above are welcome to join any time throughout the year.

It is a good safe way for kids to learn to drive, head to for more info.


The Douglas United Football Club is holding its junior sign-on day on Tuesday 23 February between 4:00pm and 6:00pm.

All are welcome, boys and girls, to come and see what the Dragons are all about.

The senior Dragons are also looking for more players. The team trains Mondays and Wednesdays at Port Douglas Sporting Complex and new players are always welcome.

Visit Douglas United Football Club for more info.


Enrolments are now open at Bodies in Motion Dance School in Mossman. Come and see why dance is so popular in the Douglas Shire with 300+ smiling faces walking through the doors each week.

A range of classes are on offer for ages 2.5yrs to adults.

Find out more information at or contact BIM at infobodiesinmotion.netau 

Rugby Union

Preseason training has already begun for the Reef Raiders, however, if you still wish to join Rugby Union this season there will be a training session on Saturday 20th 10:00am to 12:30pm at the Port Douglas Sports Complex.

Come down and meet our coaches and players.

If you can’t make it this weekend but would like to get in touch email portdouglasrugbygmailcom 

Surf Life Saving

The Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club is holding a sign-on day on Sunday 9 May from 8:30am at the clubhouse and pool proficiency swim at the Mirage Country Club pool from 9:30am.

There will also be a Come Try Day on Sunday 18 April between 9:30am and 11:30am.

The club’s Sunday morning nippers program develops life and beach safety skills in a safe and fun setting. There are competitions, carnivals and activities for all including cadets and senior members.

The club can be contacted by email at pdslscgmailcom. 

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