The Allan Labor Government is helping more kids get active and fostering the talents of Victoria’s future sports stars through Active Schools Grants.

Minister for Education Ben Carroll today announced that Iramoo Primary School and Wyndham Park Primary School are receiving a $30,000 Active Schools Grant as part of the latest round of the Active Schools initiative which gives grants to schools to help them get local students physically active.

Up to 500 schools in disadvantaged communities have shared in almost $20 million in Active Schools Grants and funding boosts since the initiative was launched in 2021.

Schools have previously used their Active Schools funding to upskill PE teachers, purchase sports and fitness equipment, implement programs such as bicycle education, circus and dance, build outdoor learning spaces, make upgrades to playgrounds, install sensory play areas and cover costs associated with sports and physical activities.

Belle Vue Park Primary used their Active Schools Grant this year to connect with local sporting clubs, providing students the chance to participate in local community sports.

The Victorian Budget 2022/23 included a further $20.8 million over two years to continue the Active School initiative, which encourages students to get involved in physical activity and develop healthy lifelong habits bringing the total investment to $45.4 million since 2019.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Ben Carroll

“Even 15 minutes of physical activity can be all it takes to boost the overall wellbeing of our children, which can help improve how students learn – that’s why we’re keeping our students active at school.”

“We’re thrilled to celebrate Active Schools funding recipients and congratulate the successful schools involved for their contributions to keeping young Victorians active, healthy and engaged.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence

“Sports and physical activity help young Victorians thrive, and the Active Schools initiative is making sure that students get access to these benefits, no matter their background or where they live.”

Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“The Active Schools Program is a fabulous way to help young people find an activity they love.”