Australian kids hit healthy sixes

A new pilot programme will help schools increase the number of students playing cricket

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25 March 2015

A new pilot programme will help schools increase the number of students playing cricket as part of the Abbott Government’s plan to get more kids active and healthy through its Sporting Schools programme.

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 the new Sporting Schools cricket pilot 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 being physically active.

“This is particularly important considering one-in-four children are now overweight or obese.

Sporting Schools is a key part of the Abbott Government’s plan to encourage more Australian children to develop a lifelong interest in sport.

“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 CEO Simon Hollingsworth 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 Hollingsworth 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.”

Cricket Australia’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,” Mr Ingleton said.

“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 programme launching in Term 3 and bringing cricket to as many Australian kids as possible.”

Sporting Schools pilot programmes involving 12 sports will continue to be rolled out over the next few months, with the programme to include more than 30 sports in total from July 2015.

The Cricket Australia Sporting Schools programme will be made available to all schools as part of the Sporting Schools programme once the current pilot is completed at the end of June.

More information on Sporting Schools can be found on the Sporting Schools website.

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Minister Ley’s Media Contact: James Murphy – 0478 333 974

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