Steve Irons MP Federal Member for Swan

Two weeks for local schools to apply for Sporting Schools funding

17 June 2015

Primary schools across the country have less than two weeks to benefit from the first funding round of the Abbott Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools programme.

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons is today urging all local Swan primary schools who haven’t already registered to do so and importantly apply for funding to join the thousands of schools across the country benefitting from the Abbott Government’s plan to get more children active and healthy.

Mr Irons said if you haven’t registered and applied for funding, now is the time with the first round of funding to close on Friday June 26.

“This is one of the Abbott Government’s cornerstone preventative health programmes aimed to improve our children’s health through getting more kids involved in physical activity,” Mr Irons said.

“Being involved in this new programme will expand sporting opportunities for children before, during and after school hours at Swan primary schools.

“Sporting Schools is designed to deliver sports in line with local schools’ needs and ultimately to get the children of Swan active, engaged and having fun through sport, more often.”

Sporting Schools is about developing children’s love of sport during these early years because we know:

  • Approximately three quarters of Australian children spend their spare time watching television;
  • Only one third of children are managing the recommended hour of physical activity a day; and
  • Only half are involved in sport.

“With this in mind, the Abbott Government is committed to providing children across Australia with opportunities to build healthier habits early in life,” Mr Irons said.

“It’s about nurturing children’s love of sport during these early years to encourage a lifelong sporting commitment while also developing their skills in leadership, teamwork, social inclusion and community spirit.”

This year’s round of programme delivery grants will enable primary schools in Swan to enhance the delivery of sports-based activities during Term 3 and 4 this year.

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