Coles vouches for school sport
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