Sporting Schools is an Australian Government initiative designed to help schools increase children's participation in sport, and to connect them with community sporting opportunities.
Following the success of the primary school program, Sporting Schools has developed a targeted program for secondary school students in Years 7 and 8.
The program for secondary schools also aims to provide greater access to tailored resources and support where it is needed most.
Secondary schools can apply for funding each term to deliver sport programs before, during, and after school hours using one of our NSO partners. The selection of secondary schools is based on meeting the program goals and program parameters in the grant application, because there are limited places.
Sporting Schools has already funded over 150 secondary schools and aims to fund more schools each term, giving Year 7 and 8 students the chance to enjoy and sample a variety of sports.
Want some strategies to spark the motivations and interests of students aged 12-17?
Visit our research page and view the ASC’s Youth Participation Project resources.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS?
The Sporting Schools program has three key goals for secondary schools:
#1: Tackle the decline in sports participation that occurs during adolescence.
We plan to do this by targeting students, particularly girls, aged 12-14 to encourage long-lasting relationships with sport.
#2: Increase physical activity in areas with large cohorts of inactive students.
National data tells us that only one in ten Australians aged between 12-17 years get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day of the week. The secondary schools program provides sporting activities designed to spark the motivations and interests of this age group.
#3: Provide access to tailored resources for schools where there is evidence of disadvantage.
Studies show that areas of social disadvantage can often link to large groups of inactive youth. Sporting Schools hope that by providing assistance and additional resources, we can help to hurdle the barriers these schools face.
NOTE: For more information about the program goals in your secondary schools application visit our Help Centre.
ARE YOU READY TO GET STARTED?
Whether you are a school looking to register or apply for funding, or a teacher looking to deliver at your school, follow these steps to get started.
More information about the program and school registration can be found in our Help Centre. To view some example secondary school programs see our case studies.
Our Client Support Centre is also available to assist you with your application. For support please contact our team via the Get in Touch form at the bottom of this website or call 1300 785 707.