Local students encouraged to get active

Local school children in Pearce will be encouraged to take part in sport-based physical activity before, during or after school through a new $100million Sporting Schools Coalition initiative.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter said the Coalition Government would roll out the Sporting Schools program in 2015, delivering sport activities to more than 850,000 children across Australia.

“Getting children involved in sport has enormous benefits to their health and general well-being,” Mr Porter said.

“Unfortunately, 25 per cent of children aged 5-17 in Australia are overweight or obese. This program is about encouraging kids to get out, stay fit and engage with other kids in fun, team environments.

“Regular exercise not only tackles obesity but reduces the risk of kids developing lifestyle-related chronic diseases.

“This funding will allow schools to run activities across 35 major sports, such as football, netball, tennis and gymnastics and I want to see every primary school in Pearce sign up for the program.

“It is anticipated that the Sporting Schools program will be delivered to 60 per cent more students than the current Active After-school Communities program.”

All schools throughout Australia will be able to register for Sporting Schools through an online, interactive website, to be launched later this year.