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Active After-School Communities Program

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The Active After-school Communities program is a national initiative that provides primary school-aged children with access to free sport and other structured physical activity programs in the after-school time slot of 3:00pm to 5:30pm.

The program aims to engage traditionally inactive children in sport and other structured physical activities, and through a positive and fun experience, develop a love of sport that inspires them to join a local sporting club.

The program is currently offered to 190,000 children through 3270 schools and after-school care centres across Australia.

How to participate

Children need the permission of a parent or guardian to join in the AASC program, if it is available at their school or after-school care centre.  The program is free and runs between 3–5:30pm.

All activities are based on a ‘game sense’ approach, called ‘playing for life’. The aim is to create a fun and inclusive environment by running physically active games that are modified to challenge and engage children of all abilities and backgrounds.

In NSW, the AASC program operates at over 1,000 sites, with more than 60,000 children taking part in sport and physical activity sessions.

To find out more, visit Participating in Sport: Active After-School Communities - Australian Government, Australian Sports Commission website (new window).