The Australian Government has committed $43.5 million to the Active After-school Communities (AASC) program in 2011. The program is a national initiative that provides up to 190,000 primary school children with access to free sport and other structured physical activity programs in the after-school time slot of 3:00pm to 5:30pm.
Since its inception in 2005, the program has increased its reach throughout the country and is currently run in 3270 schools and after school care centres. Of these, 58 per cent of sites are located in regional and remote communities, 23 per cent in low-socio economic communities and 14 per cent in Indigenous communities.
The AASC program is a critical resource to support the growth of sport in Australia, as it provides nationwide exposure for a new audience to experience the first step in the sporting pathway.
The program introduces up to 70 different sports, as well as 20 other structured physical activities to participants, with the aim of inspiring children to join a local sporting club and make sport a regular part of their lives.