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.