Local school children have recently benefited from an active after school involving canoeing.JARED LOUGHNAN June 11, 2014 4:13pm
Fifteen Sacred Heart Primary students enjoyed learning new skills and getting active as a result of Australian Government’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.
AASC community coach Tim Roadley said that it’s been great watching the students from Sacred Heart have a go at canoe.
“We teach the canoe skills in a fun, safe and inclusive environment and encourage children to join the local club if they really enjoy it,” Tim said.
“The AASC program benefits the community in a number of ways. Local community members can become involved as community coaches. Local sport clubs receive free promotion of their sport. Plus, participating children are provided with an encouraging environment to be active and healthy.”
AASC Regional Coordinator for the Murray area, Megan Carr, said the AASC program provides primary school children with a positive introduction to sport and builds on this foundation so that children can progress into local club sports in their community.
“It’s great to see so many children at Sacred Heart really enjoying physical activity and developing the basic skills needed to take up a sport on a regular basis.
“The club also ran a successful event on Sunday May 25 to encourage these students to continue on with canoeing and join the Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club.
“Whilst not all children will join a club at the end of the AASC program, it’s provided an opportunity for them to try new sports, get active and hopefully develop a lifelong love of sport.”
An Australian Government initiative, delivered by the Australian Sports Commission, the AASC program is run in more than 3,200 schools and after school care centres in all states and territories with approximately 190,000 children participating each semester.
The AASC program provides children with the opportunity to try a wide variety of sports and other structured physical activities through a positive and fun experience. In doing so, the program aims to encourage children to develop a love of sport that motivates them to join a local sporting club and get participants and their families active for life.
For more information about the AASC program visit www.ausport.gov.au/participating/aasc
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