Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, has announced that 31 local schools in Pearce have signed up to be a part of Sporting Schools, the biggest change to school sport in more than a decade.
Mr Porter said Sporting Schools was part of a $100 million Coalition Government initiative to keep school children fit, healthy and happy.
“Being involved in this new programme will expand sporting opportunities for children before, during and after school hours to help them develop healthy and active habits early in life,” Mr Porter said.
“Sporting Schools is designed to deliver sports in line with local schools’ needs and ultimately to facilitate and encourage children to be active, engaged and have fun through sport, more often.
“Importantly, the programme allows school children to sample a diverse range of sports, which gives them a broader range of skills and a better chance of discovering the sports they most enjoy.”
The following schools in Pearce will now be taking part in the participation-focused programme:
Alkimos Baptist College
Aveley Primary School
Beechboro Christian School
Beverley District High School
Brighton Catholic Primary School
Ellenbrook Christian College
Gingin District High
Immaculate Heart College, Lower Chittering
Kalamunda Christian School
Lancelin Primary School
Merriwa Education Support Centre
Merriwa Primary School
Mundaring Christian College
Mundaring Primary School
Pickering Brook Primary
Riverlands Montessori, Swan Valley
Sacred Heart Mundaring
Sawyers Valley Primary
St Helena’s Catholic Primary, Ellenbrook
St Joseph’s School, Northam
Swan Christian College, Middle Swan
The Silver Tree Steiner School, Parkerville
Toodyay District High
Two Rocks Primary
Wooroloo Primary School
Yanchep Beach Primary
Yanchep District High
Mr Porter said that, alarmingly, a quarter of Australian children are now overweight or obese and many more lack the basic gross-motor skills needed in everyday life such as running, catching, throwing and kicking.
“Three-quarters of Australian kids spend their spare time watching television, yet only one third of children are completing the recommended hour of physical activity each day,” he said.
“Only half of our kids are involved in sport.
“That is why our new Sporting Schools programme is so important in ensuring that current and future generations of Australian kids are fit, healthy and happy.”
More information on Sporting Schools can be found at www.sportingschools.gov.au, where schools can also still sign up for the programme.