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Softball in Australia ranked in Top 10 in Sporting Schools programme

posted Jun 20, 2016, 8:51 PM by Unknown user


Latest figures show that softball is now ranked in the top 10 sports Australia-wide in terms of student participation and number of programs conducted, rising five positions since June 2015.

Sporting Schools, a AUS$ 100 million federal government initiative, is Australia’s largest sport-based participation program. It is available to all 850,000 students from K-6 from private and public institutions.

More than 5,600 schools have registered to be a part of this initiative, which is committed to helping sport, schools and communities work together to grow sporting activity in schools.

Helping the cause is four-time Olympic medalist Tanya Harding. Harding recently completed an eight-week program at St Michael’s College in Caboolture, Queensland. With about 120 students a day taking part, she was able to help the youngsters from Years 3-6 with their skills and educate teachers to help develop those skills in future.

“The older kids had quite a bit of talent, and we were able to work on specific aspects of hitting and pitching,” Harding said. “With the younger ones, we worked mainly on the basics – throwing and catching.

“The teachers were familiar with the game, so we were able to structure a program that taught the basics and increased the skill levels.”

The benefits are both immediate and longer term. Many of the kids in Harding’s program tried out for district teams, and some have joined teams in the Caboolture Softball Association, where they will hopefully play for many years.

Sporting Schools aims to help children foster a lifelong interest in sport, gain a healthier mind and body, all while being active, engaged and having fun.

In partnership with more than 30 National Sporting Organisations (NSO), Sporting Schools will help to coordinate sporting organisations, coaches and teachers to deliver sport before, during and after school hours.

The Sporting Schools Mission

  • Support sporting organisations to deliver great programs that are suitable for children
  • Provide schools with opportunities to get their students excited about sports through quality and diverse programs
  • Provide children with positive sporting experiences in the best possible way – by having a go
  • Support schools and coaches through offering online coaching resources and information to help them run programs

Sporting Schools aims to:

  • Connect 860,000 children with NSO endorsed sporting opportunities
  • Increase children’s participation in sport
  • Nurture children’s lifelong love of sport