Sporting opportunities for children are set to expand with the announcement that local South West primary schools can apply for funding through the Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme.
Member for Forrest Nola Marino said that the before, during and after school hours sporting programme is designed to deliver sports for local schools’ particular needs and ultimately to get Australia’s children active, engaged and having fun, more often.
“I urge local schools who have not yet registered to register and apply for funding as part of the Abbott Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme,” Mrs Marino said.
“The new Sporting Schools program gives local primary schools more versatility to run activities before, during or after school time.
“We know it’s vitally important that we help children to develop healthy and active habits early in life.”
Mrs Marino said local primary schools could apply for funding between now and 26 June, and be part of a national programme that’s set to improve children’s participation in sport.
“Sporting Schools is about developing children’s love of sport during those early years,” Mrs Marino said.
Approximately three quarters of children spend their spare time watching television, and only one third of children are managing the recommended hour of physical activity a day and only half are involved in sport.
Over 2,000 primary schools have registered for the programme, which aims to eventually include 5,700 primary schools across the country and to target over 850,000 children to get involved in a before, during or after school sporting activity.
This year’s round of programme delivery grants will enable primary schools [in relevant region] to deliver sports-based activities during Term 3 and 4 this year.