The initiative has been labelled the Sporting Schools programme by the Abbott Government and aims to get over 850,000 young Australian students into sports.
Member for Bradfield, Paul Fletcher MP is enthusiastically encouraging local schools, clubs and coaches to sign up to the programme to get more kids active and healthy.
“I urge schools, clubs and coaches to register at the website prior to July to ensure they benefit from the Abbott Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme.”
Individuals and sporting groups can now register at the new Sporting Schools website for Australia’s largest school-based participation program prior to its roll out in July 2015.
On registering, schools can nominate a coordinator who will be kept informed through email updates of any new programme feature.
The online platform will allow schools to pick sporting programmes for their students and help them find and link with local coaches and sporting organisations.
The new program “gives local schools more versatility to run activities before, during or after school time” said Fletcher.
“We know it’s vitally important that we help children in Bradfield develop healthy and active habits early in life.”
Additionally, from May 2015 schools can apply for grants on the Sporting Schools website.
Coaches can now also register their interest in being part of the programme through the website. The pilot programme currently involves 12 sports and will continue to be rolled out over the next few months. The programme is expected to include more than 30 sports in total from July 2015.
More information on Sporting Schools can be found at www.sportingschools.gov.au