Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter has welcomed the commitment from a re-elected Turnbull Government to boost Pearce’s Sporting Schools Programme.
“This programme was introduced into local primary schools in 2014 and while the take-up has been fantastic, there is plenty more that can be done to tackle an increase in childhood obesity,” Mr Porter said.
“There are already 29 local schools in Pearce participating in the Sporting Schools Programme.
“Students at Merriwa Primary School, one local school already participating in the Sporting Schools Programme, benefit from sporting activities before, during and after school allowing them to develop healthy and active habits early in life.
“This week’s $60 million dollar commitment provides an opportunity for more Pearce schools to become involved, it means we can continue the programme past 2017, as well as expand into years 7 & 8 which will combat a significant ‘drop out’ in physical activity at this age.
“The most up to date research tells us three-quarters of our local children are spending their spare time watching television, with just a third managing the recommended one hour of physical activity a day.
“This programme assists schools across Pearce to deliver sporting activities before, during or after school, increases participation and connects them to other sporting activities and teams across Pearce.
“Sporting Schools’ is geared to help our children be active, engaged and having fun, while teaching positive leadership skills and greater community engagement.”
The Coalition Government is committed to helping address childhood obesity, encouraging the prevention of avoidable health problems right through to adulthood, and promoting more active lifestyles for Australians.