The four-year, $14.5 million Football in Schools program is a key initiative in the upcoming NSW Budget that will see the Minns Government fulfill its election commitment with A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers and Macarthur FC to work together to provide football, education and wellbeing programs in local schools.
The program will include a wide range of initiatives to encourage more students to participate in sport, including targeted programs for women, multicultural and all abilities.
The program will also focus on education, with after-school homework clubs and sessions on health and the benefits of an active lifestyle.
The initiatives will be carried out both in schools and on site at the A-League club’s training facilities. Up to 40,000 students are expected to take part in the program annually.
Sports Minister Steve Kamper said:
“40,000 kids will be able to participate in soccer programs with some of the best soccer players and coaches in our country.”
“The Football in Schools program will result in more Western Sydney students taking up sport and enjoying the benefits it brings.”
“We understand that families in Western Sydney are experiencing cost of living pressures and this free program ensures no child, regardless of background or ability, is left out.”
Minister for Education and Western Sydney Prue Car said:
“Education is not just about books and laptops, some of the best lessons in life are found on the sports field.”
“Working with the Western Sydney Wanderers and Macarthur FC, the Football in Schools program will bring the classroom to the football field.”
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