Sporting Schools Program to Continue

By Chris Rushton
April 1, 2019

The Federal Government has announced its ongoing commitment to the Sporting Schools Program with Sport Australia receiving a further $40 million in funding to extend the program until the end of 2020.

Statistics from Sport Australia indicate that Sporting Schools has reached 85% of primary schools in its first four years of operation reaching more than 7,100 schools and over 4.8 million participants.

Tenpin Bowling Australia CEO Cara Honeychurch commented “The ongoing commitment to the Sporting Schools program is wonderful news for the sports sector and the wider community.  Not only has the program been instrumental in getting more children active, it’s provided the opportunity for children to participate in a more diverse range of sports than they may otherwise have been exposed to.  Sporting Schools is about helping every child find a sport or physical activity that they can connect with and enjoy for years to come”.

Over the 4 years of TBA’s involvement in Sporting Schools over 29,000 children across all 8 States and Territories have participated in tenpin bowling.  TBA is particularly proud of the fact that around 30% of Sporting Schools tenpin bowling programs are run in Special Schools.

Honeychurch commented, “Ensuring all children, particularly those who face some extra challenges in life, have the chance to be active and participate in sport is enormously important to TBA.  We’re grateful for the opportunity to have played a part in getting more Australian children active and look forward to collaborating with Sport Australia and other National Sporting Organisations to help our children develop a lifelong love of sport and being active”.   

To read Sport Australia’s media release click here