The Australian Government's Active After-school Communities (AASC) program is a national initiative that provides primary school children with access to free sport and other structured physical activity programs in the after-school time slot of 3.00pm to 5.30pm.
The program aims to engage children in sport and other structured physical activities and through a positive and fun experience, develop a love of sport that inspires them to join a local sporting club.
The Australian Sports Commission manages the AASC program nationally through a network of locally based regional coordinators, across four zones:
- Eastern zone (NSW and ACT)
- Northern zone (QLD and NT)
- Southern zone (VIC and TAS)
- South west zone (WA and SA)
The coordinators assist schools and after-school care centres to facilitate the program, recruit/train community coaches and work with local sporting clubs and organisations to increase junior membership.
AASC Regional Coordinators coordinate the delivery of the program in primary schools and Childcare Benefit Approved Out of School Hours Care Services (OSHCS) using all interested people in the community who complete registration requirements. These include, but are not excluded to: OSHCS staff, teachers, senior and tertiary students, development officers from national and state sporting organisations, local sporting club members, private providers, parents, guardians, athletes and beginner to professional coaches.
The cornerstone of the AASC program is the involvement of the local community in the delivery of the program. This involvement offers opportunities to support and strengthen community cohesion and development.
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