Sporting Schools back for school year

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As school begins for another year for students around the country, the successful Sporting Schools program is also back for 2016.

Sporting Schools, launched by the Australian Sports Commission, offers a modified three-tier ANZ NetSetGO program to primary schools throughout Australia.

More than 250 schools played netball through Sporting Schools in 2015, with close to 16,000 students participating in the program in terms three and four.

Victoria had the largest number of schools play netball through Sporting Schools, with New South Wales having the most participants undertake the program in 2015.

Netball Australia’s Head of Community Strategy and Netball Development Anne-Marie Phippard says she expects the number of schools and participants to continue growing in 2016.

“The Member Organisations have worked really hard to engage schools and coaches to deliver netball in schools throughout 2015 and the large participant numbers reflect that” Phippard said.

“Many schools around the country have already nominated netball as their chosen sport for the Sporting Schools Program in 2016. We anticipate that this will continue to grow both in numbers and locations.”

The Sporting Schools program also offers an opportunity for accredited netball coaches to become involved and be paid for coaching, with a minimum foundation coaching accreditation required.

Over 300 coaches were involved in Sporting Schools throughout Australia in 2015.

“It’s important that we have had accredited coaches deliver the program across the country, everyone benefits from trained personnel providing quality experiences for the students,” Phippard said.

For more information about the Sporting Schools program and how to get your school involved or become a Sporting Schools coach in 2016, click here.