Sporting Schools is an Australian Government initiative designed to help schools increase children's participation in sport, and to connect them with community sporting opportunities.
Following the success of the primary school program, Sporting Schools has developed a targeted program for secondary school students in Years 7 and 8.
The program for secondary schools also aims to provide greater access to tailored resources and support where it is needed most.
As there are only limited places available, secondary schools will be invited to apply for funding each term to deliver sport programs before, during, and after school hours using one of our NSO partners. By the end of 2018, Sporting Schools aims to have funded 300 secondary schools, giving Year 7 and 8 students the chance to enjoy and sample a variety of sports.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS?
The Sporting Schools program has three key goals for secondary schools:
#1: Tackle the decline in sports participation that occurs during adolescence.
We plan to do this by targeting students, particularly girls, aged 12-14 to encourage long-lasting relationships with sport.
#2: Increase physical activity in areas with large cohorts of inactive students.
National data tells us that only one in ten Australians aged between 12-17 years get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day of the week. The secondary schools program provides sporting activities designed to spark the motivations and interests of this age group.
#3: Provide access to tailored resources for schools where there is evidence of disadvantage.
Studies show that areas of social disadvantage can often link to large groups of inactive youth. Sporting Schools hope that by providing assistance and additional resources, we can help to hurdle the barriers these schools face.
ARE YOU READY TO GET STARTED?
Whether you are a school looking to register or apply for funding, or a teacher looking to deliver at your school, follow these steps to get started.
More information about the program and school registration can be found in our Help Centre.
Our Client Support Centre is also available to assist you with your application. For support please contact our team via the Get in Touch form at the bottom of this website or call 1300 785 707.