Sporting Schools extends its reach in the South West

Applications close this week for the Turnbull Government’s $200 million Sporting Schools program and Member for Forrest Nola Marino has encouraged all local schools in the South West to apply.

Statistics show more than 80 per cent of children are not getting enough physical activity and that 27 per cent of children aged 5-17 are overweight or obese.

“An early connection to sport can positively influence participation and encourage a lifelong love of sport and physical activity,” Member for Forrest Nola Marino said.

“Time and expense are often cited among the barriers to sport participation, but Sporting Schools enables children to sample and experience sport with no financial outlay or time commitment expected of parents.

“Sporting Schools provides improved access to sporting opportunities for all and gives children the chance to try a lot of different sports – you never know which one they will fall in love with.”

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) manages Sporting Schools in partnership with more than 30 different national sporting organisations (NSOs) to deliver sport before, during and after school hours.

The Sporting Schools program is provided free to children and their families and is underpinned by the quality assurance of NSO-endorsed sporting coaches and products.

Having initially started in primary schools, the program has expanded to include targeted secondary schools.

In the 2018 Federal Budget the Government committed an additional $41.7 million to extend the Sporting Schools program until the end of 2019. It is part of $230 million package for sport participation and physical activity initiatives announced in the 2018-19 Budget to encourage more Australians to be more active.

More information about Sporting Schools program can be found at sportingschools.gov.au