Sporting schools encouraged to apply for term four funding

David Gillespie with sporting kids at Taree PCYC. Photo taken before current COVID restrictions. Photo supplied
David Gillespie with sporting kids at Taree PCYC. Photo taken before current COVID restrictions. Photo supplied

Mid Coast sporting schools can apply for term four funding and join the millions of Australian children benefiting from fun and free opportunities to get active through sport.

The Australian Government's $320 million Sporting Schools Program is helping more schools than ever before provide opportunities for children to get active and experience the joy of sport.

Federal Member for Lyne David Gillespie encourages schools across the region to register and apply for funding.

"The Sporting Schools Program can be an important first step to inspiring children to build healthy habits and develop a lifelong love of sport and maybe inspire a Brisbane 2032 Olympian," Dr Gillespie said.

The Lyne electorate saw 75 schools share in funding to run Sporting Schools programs in 2020 benefitting close to 58,500 students.

"Many schools across our area have been part of the program already and we want to see as many of our children enjoying the benefits it can provide," he said.

"Physical activity helps keep children healthy, happy and socially engaged, impacting positively on their intellectual capacity and academic achievements."

Sporting Schools is about developing children's love of sport from a young age, helping to increase their confidence and capability to be active for life.

Sport Australia works in partnership with more than 35 national sporting organisations to deliver quality programs to help school communities get moving. From athletics to bowls, to softball and water polo, there are so many fantastic sports available to try.

Dr Gillespie said parents could then visit Sport Australia's new Find a Club website designed to help parents find a local sporting club for their child to continue their sporting journey.

Grant applications for Sporting Schools Term 4 are now open on and close on Friday August 27.

For more information about Sporting Schools, visit www.sportingschools.gov.au