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MiniRoos part of a major school sports programme

FFA Sporting Schools Launch

Ferncourt Public School children out on the field learning the basics of Football Federation Australia's AIA Vitality MiniRoos Kick-Off programme with Paul Reid (Sydney FC).

The Australian Government’s Sporting Schools programme is kicking more goals with Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) new pilot programme joining this national initiative to get more children active and healthy before, during and after school hours.

Member for Barton, Nickolas Varvaris MP, along with Football Federation Australia (FFA) and the Australian Sports Commission is launching the FFA’s pilot programme, AIA Vitality MiniRoos Kick-Off, just as the Matildas move to round 16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Mr Varvaris said the $100 million Sporting Schools programme was Australia’s largest school-based participation initiative for children.

“The investment in Sporting Schools is a critical step towards the Australian Government’s plan to encourage more children to get involved with sport,” Mr Varvaris said.

“It is vitally important we nurture children’s love for sport so they can build a lifelong interest in an active and healthy lifestyle. Football is a sport fit for boys and girls, and can be played at any time during the year so it’s a great way to get children excited about being involved in physical activity,” Mr Varvaris said.

Each year more than 5,700 schools will be funded through Sporting Schools for the practical delivery of sports activities and as a result, more than 850,000 Australian children will be provided with a supportive, fun environment that encourages participation.

Australian Sports Commission CEO Simon Hollingsworth participation in sport at a young age is crucial for children to build a healthy lifestyle and we’re excited to be able to partner with an organisation like the FFA that offers great sporting opportunities for all ages and physical abilities.  

“We are committed to creating a supportive and encouraging environment for children to build a connection with sport and we want to make it as accessible as possible so children can participate before, during or after school,” he said.

Head of A-League and W-League Damien de Bohun said the Federation is pleased to take part in Sporting Schools as football has the ability to help promote an active lifestyle for both boys and girls through a sport that already has the highest participation rates in Australia.

”FFA’s Whole of Football Strategy has a strong focus on broadening the base of players with an ‘Anytime, Anyhow, Anywhere’ approach to improving accessibility and a stronger presence in schools is central to that goal,” Mr de Bohun said.

Sporting Schools pilot programmes involving 12 sports will continue to be rolled out until the end of June, with the programme to include more than 30 sports in total from July 2015.

AIA Vitality MiniRoos Kick-Off will be made available to all schools as part of the Sporting Schools programme once the current pilot is completed at the end of the month.