Sporting Schools funding open for applications

LOCAL primary schools have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Federal Government's $100 million Sporting Schools programme.

Page MP Kevin Hogan said the before, during and after-school hours sporting programme is designed to deliver sports to the particular needs of local schools to get children active, engaged and having fun, more often.

"I urge local schools which have not yet registered, to do so and apply for funding as part of the Government's $100 million Sporting Schools programme," Mr Hogan said.

"The new Sporting Schools program gives local primary schools more versatility to run activities before, during or after school time.

"We know it's vitally important that we help children in the Clarence Valley and Northern Rivers develop healthy and active habits early in life."

Local primary schools can apply for funding from now until June 26, and be part of a national programme that's set to improve children's participation in sport, Mr Hogan said.

"Approximately three quarters of children spend their spare time watching television, only one third of children are getting the recommended hour of physical activity a day and only half are involved in sport," he said.

"With this in mind, the Federal Government is committed to providing Australian children with an opportunity to build healthier habits early in life.

"Sporting Schools is about developing children's love of sport during those early years. It's about nurturing their love of fitness and activity so that they become committed to a long term sporting life and fostering skills in leadership, teamwork, social inclusion and community spirit."

More than 2000 primary schools have registered for the programme, which aims to eventually include 5700 primary schools across the country and to target over 850,000 children to get involved in a before, during or after school sporting activity.

This year's round of programme delivery grants will enable primary to deliver sports-based activities during Term 3 and 4 this year.

More information on Sporting Schools can be found here.

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