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Sport Australia is committed to leading and growing an innovative national sport sector that embraces knowledge creation and sharing, and continues to produce world leading research outcomes for the benefit of sport and the Australian community. 

Sporting Schools conducts project work, including pilot projects and research, that contributes to these aims. Read about some of the latest project work below or view further Sport Australia research here.


Both locally and internationally, research has shown that there is a decline in sport participation for youth between 13-17 years old. The research also shows that in order to increase sport participation in the youth demographic, sporting activities need to be designed to meet their motivations and interests.

In partnership with the sport and education sectors and La Trobe University, Sport Australia has undertaken the Youth Participation Research Project to identify and address the barriers to sports participation amongst Australian youths in the secondary school setting.

In collaboration with a range of national sporting organisations (NSOs) and commencing in Term 2, 2016, the pilot programs were run across five school terms, in more than 100 schools.

The learnings and insights captured through this project have been invaluable, and Sport Australia is have made these available to support sports, schools and the community to develop and deliver effective programs that engage youth through sport to increase their physical literacy. 

This information can be found at or you can view the full report here ( PDF 3.1Mb).

Following the success of the primary school program, Sporting Schools expanded into secondary schools in Term 3, 2017, giving Year 7 and 8 students the chance to enjoy and sample a variety of sports.

For further information on secondary school funding see Secondary Schools.

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