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The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Dis­trict school stu­dents will ben­e­fit from a Spor­ties Ba­rooga do­na­tion of $20 000 to the Bluearth Ac­tive Schools Pro­gram.

Spor­ties Ba­rooga di­rec­tor Amanda Mayoh said the tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits seen in the pro­gram had made for an easy de­ci­sion to sup­port it once more.

‘‘We are proud to con­tinue our sup­port of a pro­gram that’s mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact in our school com­mu­ni­ties and help­ing to im­prove the phys­i­cal, men­tal and emo­tional health and well­be­ing of young peo­ple in both Moira and Ber­ri­gan Shires,’’ she said.

‘‘We are now com­ing into the third year of our part­ner­ship with Bluearth and it’s great we can con­tinue to sup­port the pro­gram be­cause at the core of our busi­ness is help­ing our com­mu­nity.’’

Bluearth chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben Cooper said com­mu­nity sup­port from or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Spor­ties Ba­rooga was vi­tal to make sure chil­dren had ac­cess to the pro­gram.

‘‘Part­ner­ships like this en­able whole com­mu­ni­ties to reap the ben­e­fits of mov­ing more,’’ he said.

‘‘The fan­tas­tic sup­port from Ba­rooga Spor­ties en­ables eight schools to con­tinue to be part of our Ac­tive Schools Pro­gram.’’

Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity rates in Aus­tralian chil­dren are at an all-time low, with 70 per cent of Aus­tralian chil­dren and young peo­ple, aged two to 17, not meet­ing the daily phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity guide­lines.

And less than a third meet the seden­tary be­hav­iour guide­lines of no more than two hours of screen­based en­ter­tain­ment each day.

Bluearth re­gional co­or­di­na­tor Matt Dil­lon said the Ac­tive Schools Pro­gram ad­dressed those con­cern­ing sta­tis­tics by show­ing chil­dren of all ages and abil­i­ties that phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity was fun and made them feel good.

‘‘The ben­e­fits of mov­ing more also ex­tend to the class­room. We use move­ment to help stu­dents de­velop re­silience, self­aware­ness, self-con­fi­dence and re­spon­si­bil­ity; all in­valu­able life skills,’’ he said.

‘‘We also work closely with teach­ers to help them de­velop their own strate­gies for in­tro­duc­ing more ‘move­ment breaks’ dur­ing class time.’’

On Fri­day the pro­gram was in full swing at Co­bram Pri­mary School and stu­dents were joined by Aus­tralian Crick­eters As­so­ci­a­tion Masters squad mem­bers to of­fer some ex­pert tips.

Prin­ci­pal Matt Knight said since its in­tro­duc­tion three years ago, the pro­gram had done won­ders for the stu­dents in a range of dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

‘‘The kids seem to re­ally re­spond to the pro­gram. We have a re­ally calm at­mos­phere at the school now and I be­lieve Bluearth has played a big part in that,’’ he said.

The schools in­volved in the pro­gram are: St Columba’s Pri­mary School, Ber­ri­gan; Co­bram and Dis­trict Spe­cial­ist School; St Joseph’s Pri­mary School, Co­bram; and Ber­ri­gan, Kata­matite, Tocumwal, Jer­ilderie and Co­bram pri­mary schools.

Sup­port: Blueath’s Drew Barnes, Co­bram Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Matt Knight, Spor­ties Ba­rooga di­rec­tor Amanda Mayoh and Bluearth re­gional co-or­di­na­tor Matt Dil­lon with stu­dents Lau­ren Sned­don, Olivia Sul­li­van, Char­lie Schulz and Joel Tay­lor.

Eye on the ac­tion: Fa­tima Al Nu­sairi is all eyes on the prize.

Run: Owen Stubbs makes a dash for the crease.

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