sport in schools australia

Jacquie Petrusma MP Minister for Sport and Recreation

Jeremy Rockliff Minister for Education

2019-20 Budget: Growing sport in schools

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Participation in sport from an early age is integral to establishing lifelong healthy habits and has a range of individual and social benefits including improving physical and mental health, fostering social skills, and developing teamwork and leadership skills.

Today’s 2019-20 State Budget will allow the Department of Education to employ three Regional Sports Coordinators in each of Tasmania’s regions to help students participate in sport.

The Regional Sports Coordinator program’s primary aim will be to drive participation and be a key point of contact between families and children who want to play sport and sport leagues and clubs looking to organise access to schools.

They will also investigate talent pathways, substantially improving outcomes for our students, while also coordinating sporting equipment, uniforms, after-school transport, and training where possible.
Not only will the Coordinators work towards improving sporting outcomes for Tasmanian students, but they may also assist schools in applying for grant funding.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to growing the number of young people involved in sport, and through our Regional Sports Coordinators, we will maintain the momentum of projects like our successful Ticket to Play program, while investing to grow the number of active students.