Compulsory school sports
A LIBERAL Nationals government would work towards the introduction of compulsory school sports competitions in Victoria if elected at November’s state election.
Liberal leader Matthew Guy said organised school sports competitions would teach children the importance of keeping healthy, teamwork, independence, resilience and discipline.
“Competitive sport is also great for building confidence, self-esteem and challenging kids to get out and have a go,” Mr Guy said.
He said countless studies showed that sport and activity was not only great for overall health, it’s also good for mental wellbeing and academic performance.
If elected the Coalition would introduce a pilot program for year 7 students in 2020 to organise compulsory interschool sports competitions like netball, Aussie Rules, soccer, swimming, cricket, athletics, rugby, tennis, cycling and basketball in three Victorian regions, an urban district, a regional city district and a rural district.
Interschool competitions will be organised within these local divisions against neighbouring schools and include professional supervision and coaching.
Current health and physical education teachers would be involved along with the possibility of former professional sportspeople looking to establish another career.
Intraschool competition, including instruction and coaching, will be held over the first four weeks of each term, in a lesson called Sport Education.
These sessions are about learning the rules, techniques and basic skills of the game.
The second four weeks of each term would focus on interschool round robin matches.
In the rural district pilot, because of the distances between
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This competition is expected to kick off at the start of the 2020 school year and will be assessed after the first calendar school year.
The Coalition would also hold a review into de-cluttering Victoria’s school curriculum by Dr Jennifer Buckingham who will be asked to focus on some core elements like literacy and numeracy, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), history, and sports and physical activity.