Involvement in sport and other structured physical activity can:
- Assist in developing a child’s self-confidence and improve self esteem
- Provide an opportunity to gain a sense of achievement
- Provide a sense of belonging
- Allow children to make new friends or play with their friends
- Provide an opportunity to learn new skills such as discipline and leadership. It also teaches core principles such as tolerance, cooperation and respect.
The opportunity to become involved in the Active After-school Communities (AASC) program is available to all children from Australian primary schools and child care benefit approved Out of Schoo Hours Care Services.
All AASC sessions are conducted utilising the Playing for Life philosophy. This approach has been designed to help overcome some of the barriers children experience when participating in sport. All AASC sessions are fun, safe and include engaging sport-related games that maximise participation and challenge all children regardless of their ability level or background.
Playing sport can be a fun activity and a great opportunity for children to make friends and learn new skills. By participating in the AASC program, children can achieve all of these things.
Through planned coordination, education and implementation of the Engaging Children Strategy and Action Plan, and use of related resources, it is anticipated that key partners will start to:
- Value the benefit of sport and the AASC program as a means for introduction into sport
- Understand and support the value of engaging children in sport and structured physical activity
- Be actively engaged in the recruitment of children (particularly sites and parents).
Regional coordinators work with schools and Out of School Hours Care Services to identify appropriate strategies for inclusion in their action plans. Related tools could include the following: