Students in Cairns take part in the Athletics Australia pilot programme for Sporting Schools.

Another Sporting Schools pilot programme is helping schools to increase the number of students who want to follow in the footsteps of some of Australia’s greatest athletes.

Athletics Australia and the Australian Sports Commission are on track with a pilot programme that got the starters gun at a primary school in Cairns today, as part of the Australian Government’s plan to get more children active and healthy through the before, during and after school hours sports programme.

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

“Participation in sport at a young age is critical to help children develop a deep connection to sport and a lifelong commitment to a healthy active lifestyle,” Mr Hollingsworth said.

“This is about nurturing children’s love of sport and encouraging them to have fun and to participate not only to be physically active, but to be socially active as well,” he said.

Athletics Australia President David Grace QC added that the initiative provides a great opportunity for students to learn the fundamental movements required in athletics, fostering an interest in the sport that could become long term participation.


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