ON THE BALL: The Australian Sports Commission’s Matt Kelso and Julia Hunt, who are co-ordinating the Active After School program this year.
ON THE BALL: The Australian Sports Commission’s Matt Kelso and Julia Hunt, who are co-ordinating the Active After School program this year.

School kids are swinging into sport

AFTER a successful 2008, the Australian Sports Commission’s Active After-School Communities (AASC) program is set to swing into action again across the Northern Rivers.

AASC program regional co-ordinators Matt Kelso and Julia Hunt work with primary schools and after school hours care centres from Tweed Heads to Iluka to provide the links between the AASC sites and sports such as cricket, hockey, table tennis and rugby league, plus other activities like martial arts, dance and circus skills.

Mr Kelso said 36 local schools and centres took part in the Australian Government-funded program last year, with more than 2000 sport sessions run.

“The AASC program gives inactive children a positive introduction to new sports,” Kelso said.
“We aim to continue this throughout 2009.

“We are also calling on sporting clubs to get involved in the AASC program this year, and transitioning AASC participants into local sport.”

Mr Kelso said through the AASC program sporting clubs could access funding to pay coaches to deliver AASC activity sessions and also have the opportunity to apply for special funding to buy equipment to run sessions.

If you are interested in knowing more about the AASC program and how your club can get involved, phone Matt Kelso on 66814931 or email matt.kelso@ausport.gov.au


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