14 May 2014
Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair John Wylie today welcomed the Federal Government's Budget announcement on the new Sporting Schools program.
"We are excited that the Federal Government has launched the Sporting Schools program which will provide more young Australians than ever before with the opportunity to participate in a range of sports while at school," Wylie said.
"This brand new initiative aims to foster a greater connection for Australia children with sport and one that we hope will provide a lifelong love of sport."
The Sporting Schools program, announced as part of the Government's Budget statement, will be administered by the ASC.
Sporting Schools is expected to begin rolling out in 2015 with more than 5,000 primary schools delivering sporting programs to more than 850,000 children in the school yard before, during and after school with the support of national sporting organisations (NSOs).
Wylie added "The health benefits of physical activity are well documented and we are delighted that the Sporting Schools program will see national sports and schools work closely together to deliver quality sport-based activity."
Sporting Schools is an evolution of the Active After-school Communities program which has run since 2005.
ASC CEO Simon Hollingsworth was delighted with the announcement saying the exciting aspect of this new program is that it will be delivered to more than twice the number of primary schools around the country and nearly 60 per cent more students.
“This means that more children than ever will be able to improve their physical literacy and enjoy sport in the familiar school setting,” he said.
“For sports, it allows them the opportunity to better profile their activities and explore new ways of capturing the interest of children.”
Sporting Schools forms an important part of the ASC’s future participation strategy with a focus on kids and young adults and improving the capacity of NSOs to develop and grow. The ASC’s participation approach will be released later this year.