Coles vouches for school sport

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Be­nalla schools will re­ceive nearly $10 000 in sports equip­ment from Coles after more than 200 000 vouch­ers were col­lected lo­cally for their Sports for Schools pro­gram.

Coles will de­liver an ex­ten­sive range of qual­ity sports gear to 12 lo­cal pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in Vic­to­ria’s north­east.

The money will pay for pop­u­lar items such as cricket and softball bats, foot­balls, bas­ket­balls, javelins, hockey sticks, skip­ping ropes, rac­quets, first-aid kits and nets.

The lo­cal schools were among more than 7000 across Australia that par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram be­tween Fe­bru­ary and April, col­lect­ing more than 200 mil­lion vouch­ers.

The lo­cal school to re­ceive the most sport­ing equip­ment will be Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege after col­lect­ing more than 53 000 vouch­ers as part of the Sports for Schools pro­gram.

World cham­pion ath­lete Sally Pear­son said it was ex­cit­ing to hear that so much equip­ment would be de­liv­ered to schools across the com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s a dream come true for schools to be given all this equip­ment, en­abling kids to keep fit and healthy. Hope­fully we’ll see fu­ture Olympic cham­pi­ons as a re­sult of this Coles ini­tia­tive,’’ she said.

State gen­eral man­ager Grant Shel­ton said Coles was de­lighted to be de­liv­er­ing sports equip­ment to lo­cal schools.

‘‘We’re re­ally im­pressed by the way the lo­cal com­mu­nity has got be­hind the pro­gram by col­lect­ing so many vouch­ers for schools,’’ he said.

‘‘We hope the new sports equip­ment will re­sult in a lot of healthy, ac­tive fun for school kids in Be­nalla.’’

Across the na­tion, Coles ex­pects to give away about $10 mil­lion worth of qual­ity sports gear.

For ev­ery $10 spent at Coles su­per­mar­kets, Coles Ex­press stores (ex­clud­ing fuel) or via Coles online, cus­tomers re­ceived one voucher. At the end of the pro­gram, the vouch­ers were tal­lied and schools or­dered the sports equip­ment they needed. their

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