FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce is urging all local primary schools, clubs and coaches in the New England to sign up to Sporting Schools, the Abbott Government’s new initiative to get more kids active and healthy.
Mr Joyce said the Abbott Government is tackling the activity levels and the health of children across the country with it’s before, during and after school hours Sporting Schools programme to be rolled out in July.
He said Ambassadors Adam Gilchrist and Michael O’Loughlin had this week taken to radio airwaves across the country to encourage schools, clubs and coaches to register.
“Registering as a school or coach is easy via the Sporting School’s website and once completed, schools and coaches can access online resources and materials to deliver tailored sport programmes,” Mr Joyce said.
“The $100 million Sporting Schools programme will become Australia’s largest school-based participation program reaching over 850,000 children in primary schools nation-wide.
“By using the windows of opportunity we have, before, during and after school, we are making the most of schools, resources and the time available to get primary school children outdoors, playing sport and having fun developing social skills and improving their health.”
“Registrations should be done now if schools or coaches want to kick start their sporting programmes for term three this year.”
Over the course of this initiative, more than 5,700 schools will be funded through Sporting Schools for practical delivery of sports activities that suit their individual needs. Upon registering:
Schools need to nominate a Sporting Schools coordinator to keep up to date on the programme;
The website portal offers a ‘find a local coach or sporting programme provider’ that coaches can register for. All coaches will go through an approval process and have the appropriate working with children checks;
Schools can choose sporting programmes for their students; and,
Teachers can also register individually to receive access to coaching plans and tools to help them plan and run activities outside of Sporting Schools practical sessions.
Later this month, registered schools will be able to apply for grants on the Sporting Schools website.
More information on Sporting Schools can be found www.sportingschools.gov.au The new interactive Sporting Schools website was launched in conjunction with the Government’s new national approach to improving participation in sport Play.Sport.Australia earlier this year.