A Liberal Nationals Government will work towards the introduction of compulsory school sports competitions.
Organised school sports competitions will teach our 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.
There are also countless studies that sport and activity is not only great for overall health, it’s also good for mental wellbeing and academic performance.
And with Melbourne in the grip of a youth crime crisis, competitive sport can be a great way to get bored kids off the streets and stop them from falling into the wrong crowd.
A Liberal Nationals Government will introduce a pilot program to organise compulsory interschool sports competitions like netball, Aussie Rules, soccer, swimming, cricket, athletics, rugby, tennis, cycling and basketball.
The initial pilot will involve 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. In addition to utilising current Health and Physical Education teachers for this sports program, we would also use the pilot to look at how to involve former professional sportspeople who are looking to establish another career such as working with Health and Physical Education teachers to coach school children.
This interschool competition will commence at Year 7 as this is often the entry level at secondary schools. An organised sports competition is also a great opportunity for students coming to a new school together to quickly build new friendships.
Year 7 students will be offered a variety of team and individual sports to choose from at the start of each term. At the start of each new term children will be asked to choose a different sport.
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 then be dedicated interschool round robin matches.
In the rural district pilot, because of the distances between schools, intraschool sport will be the focus for most of the term, culminating in a one day Sports Carnival at the end of term for all schools in the rural area.
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.
An important part of the pilot project in these three districts will be learning how to improve the program, including cost efficiencies and then how to best expand it across more school year levels and across the state.
As part of a Liberal Nationals Government review into de-cluttering Victoria’s school curriculum, Dr. Jennifer Buckingham will be asked to focus on some core elements like literacy and numeracy, Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) history; and sports and physical activity.
There is already a movement in many school communities for their tuckshops and canteens to provide healthier foods for children. Providing a structured sports competition for school children is a common sense extension of that approach.
Playing sport is a really important part of growing up.
At the moment, too many of our children are spending too much time playing virtual sport and not enough time playing real sport.
Some children have become so distracted by social media they’ve forgotten social skills.
Sports and competition gives school children a better life balance and teaches us about winning, losing and having a go.
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