Federal Election 2022: High School Sports Program Will Be Extended If Coalition Wins May 21 Poll | West Central Daily


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Up to 700,000 secondary school students would be encouraged to play sports as part of a Coalition campaign speech aimed at reversing falling turnout rates. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is also set to pledge $4.8 million to help surf lifesaving clubs buy vital equipment including defibrillators and lifesaving boards. Mr Morrison will make a pair of sports and entertainment announcements on Saturday as he battles to sway undecided voters a week after the May 21 poll. A re-elected coalition would expand the school sports program, helping to connect Year 9 and Year 10 students with organizations such as the AFL, NRL and Netball Australia. The $20 million pledge is designed to reverse what the Coalition describes as a “significant decline” in participation by adolescents, especially girls. The government also plans to extend the program until the end of 2024, at a cost of nearly $80 million. “Engaging more young people in sport helps keep our kids active, builds confidence and provides a way for families to reconnect with community sports clubs as we bounce back from the pandemic,” Morrison said. “It also creates opportunities and connections to support students who want to pursue their athletic dreams and seek to become the next Sam Kerr, Ellyse Perry or Lance Franklin.” More than 300 surf lifesaving clubs across Australia could also access an additional $5,000 a year to purchase equipment, if the Coalition returns next weekend.



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