Activity on the agenda

SPORTING clubs and other sporting organisations on the Far North Coast should have a greater opportunity to attract more junior members by becoming involved in the Australian Sports Commission's (ASC) Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.

The AASC program, which begins in Term Two, 2005, is a free program available to all Australian primary schools and Childcare benefit-approved Out of School Hours Care Services (OSHCS) and will be run in the after-school timeslot of 3pm-5.30pm.

The Australian Government-funded program is designed to engage traditionally non-active children in fun and safe structured physical activities and is aimed at building pathways between schools, local community organisations and sporting clubs.

The CEO, ASC, Mark Peters, said that all sporting organisations, clubs, local community organisations, private providers and other interested parties across Australia were being invited to register their interest in becoming ASC approved deliverers of the AASC program.

"This is an exciting opportunity for providers of physical activity to get involved in the AASC program which will make an impact on almost 150,000 Australian primary school-aged children by 2007," Mr Peters said.

"Anyone may apply to become a deliverer, including school teachers, OSHCS staff, local club personnel, local government staff, parents, private providers and university students."

A free information session for those interested in delivering the program will be held at the Lennox Head Surf Lifesaving Club on Monday, February 28 from 7-8.30pm. To register, phone co-ordinator Julia Hunt, on 0437 700 369.

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