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Sport and education agencies join forces

Sport and education agencies join forces for school kids

The Ministry of Education and government sport agency Sparc (Sport and Recreation New Zealand) are joining forces to encourage school children to be more physically active, Education Minister and Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard announced today.

A protocol was signed by the chief executives of the two government agencies today.

“This agreement is aimed at ensuring a coherent approach to getting kids around New Zealand off the couch, away from the play station and into physical activity, “ Trevor Mallard said.

“We want to increase young people’s involvement and commitment to physical activity from birth through their school years and beyond to make sure that physical activity is not just something they do at school, but carries on throughout adult life. “

“The collaboration between Sparc and the Ministry of Education is an excellent example of this Government’s desire to take a whole-of-government approach in tackling important issues that are critical for the wellbeing of New Zealanders, both young and old.”

The protocol aims to increase young people’s understanding of the benefits of physical activity to them and society.

“It’s important also that the protocol gets the support of parents and community networks, and strategies will be put in place to make sure that happens,” Trevor Mallard said.

Under the protocol student levels of achievement and fitness will be monitored to provide information for future developments in this area. Both SPARC and the Ministry will develop an integrated work programme, and work closely with the Ministry of Health.

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