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Children in Mittagong get active playing Ten Pin Bowling

29 November, 2011Posted in: Community
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Children from Wingecarribee Out of School Hours Services have been having fun, learning new skills and getting active thanks to the Australian Government’s Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.

This term, around 25 kids have had the chance to try the sport of Ten Pin Bowling through the AASC program.

Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Out of School Hours Supervisor Robyn Winslow said it was great watching the Wingecarribee Out of School Hours Services children have a go at ten pin bowling this term.

“We teach the fundamentals of ten pin bowling in a positive and fun environment and then encourage them to join their local club if they really enjoy the sport.

“The AASC program benefits the community in more ways than one. Local people can be involved as coaches, managers and coordinators; local sport clubs get free promotion of their sport and access to potential junior members; and participating children get more active and healthy,” Ms Winslow said.

Local AASC Regional Coordinator Tracey Mogensen has seen how the AASC program provides primary school-aged children with a positive introduction to sport and how it is helping to build the foundation needed for children to progress to local club sports in their community.

“I have seen many children at Wingecarribee Out of School Hours Services start to enjoy physical activity and develop the basic skills needed to take up a sport on a regular basis.

“The AASC program aims to enhance the physical activity levels of children by giving them positive, fun and free sporting experiences in a safe and inclusive environment,” Ms Mogensen said.

The AASC program is an Australian Government initiative delivered by the Australian Sports Commission in up to 3,270 schools and out of school care centres across Australia. Each term, up to 190,000 children participate in up to 70 different sports and 20 structured activities after school.

For more information about the AASC program visit: www.ausport.gov.au/aasc