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From AFL to Tennis – sport is for everyone says Compton Primary

Athletics at Compton Primary

Image: Students from Compton Primary School give athletics a go in their Sporting Schools session.

Participating in Sporting Schools has provided opportunities for children at Compton Primary School to get active, engaged and have fun in a wide variety of sports with ‘top notch’ coaches at no costs to their families.

Compton Primary’s Sporting Schools coordinator, Kristyn Dawe, says the program has a big impact on their small rural community based in Mount Gambier, South Australia – especially to their younger students.

“This really does open up opportunities to our families, at no cost, it can be the difference between whether a child is able to participate in sporting activities,” Ms Dawe said.

“We find that the younger children really thrive on the program as a lot of sports aren’t offered to children under eight years of age. It gives the younger ones a chance to experience a variety of sports, while our older students are encouraging and helping them which improves their leadership skills.

“It develops confidence and team spirit, and gives children a pathway into sports that they may not have considered before.”

Compton Primary has been involved in Sporting Schools since its inception, and has offered a wide variety of sports across the small school of 100 students, including: tennis, gymnastics, basketball, athletics, and AFL.

Depending on the sport offered, they have accessed external coaches available in the region, or have teachers trained to deliver the sports.

“Basketball has been one of most popular sports and we always offer this in Term 3 so we can go to the Icehouse Basketball stadium and have local coaches from Basketball SA run the program.

“Sporting Schools gives children access top level coaches who are passionate about their sport.”

Find out how to apply for funding to access the benefits of the Sporting Schools program at your school.

Gymnastics at Compton Primary

Image: Gymnastics Sporting Schools session at Compton Primary School.