The Australian Government's Active After-school Communities (AASC) program is a national initiative that provides primary school children with access to free sport and other structured physical activity programs in the after-school time slot of 3.00pm to 5.30pm.
The program aims to engage traditionally inactive children in sport and other structured physical activities and through a positive and fun experience, develop a love of sport that inspires them to join a local sporting club.
The Australian Sports Commission manages the AASC program nationally through a network of locally based regional coordinators, across four zones:
- Eastern zone (NSW/ACT)
- Northern zone (Qld/NT)
- Southern zone (Vic/Tas)
- South west zone (WA/SA)
The coordinators assist schools and after-school care centres to facilitate the program, recruit/train community coaches and work with local sporting clubs and organisations to increase junior membership.
AASC Regional Coordinators coordinate the delivery of the program in primary schools and Childcare Benefit Approved Out of School Hours Care Services (OSHCS) using local sporting clubs, volunteers, private providers, teachers and OSHCS staff, retirees, senior secondary and tertiary students, and parents, brothers or sisters.
The cornerstone of the AASC program is the involvement of the local community in the delivery of the program. This involvement will offer opportunities to support and strengthen community cohesion and development.
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