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Australian school kids diving into an active future

Swimming Australia launch

Swimming Australia is diving into the Sporting Schools initiative with its pilot programme as part of increasing its connections with primary schools and students.

Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said Sporting Schools is an important part of the sport’s participation strategy.

“Sporting Schools allows us to promote fun and flexible swimming and water safety programmes to primary school children to enhance their water confidence and skills. The programme also allows us to share information with children and their parents about opportunities to encourage continued involvement in swimming at local swim schools and clubs,” Mr Anderson said.

At the Brisbane launch for the Swimming Australia pilot, the Federal Member for Dickson, The Hon Peter Dutton MP said the $100 million Sporting Schools programme was Australia’s largest school-based participation initiative for children.

“We know it’s vitally important that we help children right across Australia to develop healthy and active lifestyles early in life and the Sporting Schools investment will encourage more than 850,000 Australian children to participate in physical activity,” he said.

“Swimming is an important part of Australian daily life and culture. It’s not only a great way for children to have fun and get physically active, but also a lifelong skill that they will use in years to come,” the Minister said.

The Sporting Schools programme is a key part of the Australian Government’s plan to encourage children to form a lifelong interest in sport. Each year more than 5,700 schools will be funded through Sporting Schools for practical delivery of sports activities that suits their local needs.

Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth said it was important for sporting bodies to work together to develop an engaging and supportive environment for Australian school children.

“We are committed to creating an environment for Australian school children where they can get involved in sport based activity before, during and after school,” Mr Hollingsworth said.

“Participation at a young age is critical to help children develop a deep connection to sport and healthy and active lifestyles and that’s why we are excited to be partnering with Swimming Australia as well as many of Australia’s key participation sports to develop the Sporting Schools program,” Mr Hollingsworth said.

Swimming programmes will be made available to all schools as part of the Sporting Schools programme once the current pilot is completed at the end of the month. All up there are 12 pilot programmes and the Sporting Schools initiative is working with over 30 leading national sports organisations throughout the whole programme.