Active kids program earns a tick

Far North Coast primary school children appear to be having fun being more active, according to new research released this week by the Australian Sports Commission.

A year after its inception the Commissions free Active After-School Communities (AASC) program is being enjoyed not only by children who have always liked physical activity, but more importantly by children who have in the past avoided taking part in sport and other structured physical activity programs.

There are currently 19 primary schools and Out of School Hours Care Services on the Far North Coast participating in the AASC program, with a further 17 to start in terms three and four.

Far North Coast regional coordinator Sharyn Anderson said that preliminary findings from an extensive evaluation project show that the Australian Government program is capturing the traditionally difficult target of inactive children, with 81 per cent of schools and care services believing the AASC is successful in involving non-active children to spend more time participating in physical activities.


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