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Cricket kids hit healthy sixes

Minister Sussan Ley and Steve Smith at the Cricket Australia launch for Sporting Schools

Image: Minister for Health and Sport Sussan Ley and Australian cricketer Steve Smith giving some cricket tips to school children at the launch of the new Sporting Schools Cricket programme.

A new pilot programme, launched today as part of the Australian Government’s Sporting Schools programme, will help schools increase the number of students playing cricket.

On the eve of Australia’s Cricket World Cup semi-final against India, Minister for Health and Sport Sussan Ley joined Cricket Australia and the Australian Sports Commission to launch its new Sporting Schools Cricket programme.
Ms Ley said the $100 million Sporting Schools programme was Australia’s largest school-based participation initiative for children.
“We want Australian children to benefit from the positive health and well-being outcomes that come from an active lifestyle,” Ms Ley said.
“Cricket and sport in general is a great way to get children right across Australia excited about active lifestyles.
“This investment will help bring schools and sports together to provide a supportive environment that encourages participation for more than 850,000 Australian children.”
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 (ASC) General Manager of Participation and Sustainable Sport Michael Thomson said it was important for sporting bodies to work together to develop a supportive environment for Australian children.
“We are excited to be partnering with Cricket Australia as well as many of Australia’s key participation sports to develop the Sporting Schools programme,” Mr Thomson said.
“From tennis to gymnastics, athletics to cricket, we are committed to providing an environment for Australian school children to get involved in sport based activity before, during and after school. This participation at a young age is critical to help children develop a deep connection to sport and healthy and active lifestyles.”
CA’s Executive General Manager of Game and Market Development Andrew Ingleton said the program will give schools the opportunity to continue a long-lasting cricket legacy.
“Sporting Schools brings schools and sports together to deliver quality sporting programs and inspire primary school students to develop a lifelong interest in sport.
“The introduction of the Cricket Australia Sporting Schools pilot has been a great success to date and has effectively introduced a diverse range of students to Australia’s favourite sport.
“We look forward to the official program launching in Term 3 and bringing cricket to as many Australian kids as possible.”
The Cricket Australia Sporting Schools pilot is one of 12 pilot initiatives to be rolled out across Australia as part of Sporting Schools. 

Sporting Schools officially kicks off on 1 July 2015. Any Australian school can join the programme. 

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