Daylesford Primary School is one of the schools to receive an Active Schools Grant from the Victorian Government this year. The grant will help kids to get active and foster the talents of Victoria’s future sports stars, with more support for schools to offer exciting sports programs and encourage physical activity.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas announced that Daylesford Primary School is among 96 schools to receive an Active Schools grant this year – part of the Victorian Government’s $45.4 million initiative to give Victorian kids the skills, confidence and motivation to be active for life.

The Government has also announced more than $641,000 for new ‘innovative behaviour’ trials in some Victorian government schools, which will test the most effective ways to encourage adolescents to do more physical activity and maintain healthy habits for life.

Regional Arts Victoria is one of four organisations to successfully secure a grant across three key areas – quality school sport, active travel, and active recreation – to help address declining physical activity rates among secondary school students through their Circus Active program.

Other sporting and community organisations who will be supported to do this research include Victorian YMCA Community Programming (Quality School Sport), Cancer Council Victoria (Active Travel) and GippSport Inc (Active Recreation).

As part of the Active Schools initiative, the Government earlier this year launched Get Your Move On, a campaign encouraging young people aged 5 to 18 years to get 15 minutes of physical activity, four times a day.

The Victorian Budget 2022/23 invested more than $20.8 million to boost the Active Schools program and promote long-term health and wellbeing in generations of young Victorians to come.