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Teaching Sport to Children Discussion Paper

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The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is committed to reinvigorating sport and physical activity in children’s lives by ensuring that the people who deliver physical activity to children are suitably prepared and supported in their roles.

This is part of a broader commitment to address the nationwide decline of sport in our communities and schools, and the increasingly low levels of physical activity of Australian children.

Across 2016 and 2017 the ASC consulted with sport and education sector representatives to help inform a Teaching Sport to Children Discussion Paper.

The paper proposes that to increase sport’s relevance in schools and the community, sport and physical activity must be delivered in a way that enhances children’s development and physical literacy needs, complements the needs of schools and families, and contributes to education objectives.

It seeks feedback from parents, educators, sports organisations and coaches, on four proposed priority areas:

  1. Establishing principles for teaching sport and physical activity to children;
  2. Defining the competencies of people teaching sport and physical activity to children;
  3. Supporting the sports sector in the recruitment, training and development of a newly defined delivery network; and
  4. Co-developing a quality insights framework to monitor performance and support ongoing improvement.

The ASC encourages you to consider the discussion paper and provide your feedback by 22 September 2017, either by:

Your feedback will help to shape the way that sport and physical activity is delivered to children.

Download the Sport in Schools Discussion Paper Take our Sport in Schools workforce Survey

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Quick numbers

11.6 million Australian adults participate in sport or physical activity three or more times per week.
3.2 million Australian children participate in organised sport or physical activity outside of school.
$10 billion is spent annually by Australians on fees for participation in sport or physical activity.
17 million Australian adults participate in a sport or physical activity every year.