Coles' 'Sports for Schools' program kicks off next month

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: Schools can get in the race for Coles' 'Sports in Schools' program. Photo: Supplied.
HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: Schools can get in the race for Coles' 'Sports in Schools' program. Photo: Supplied.

Schools in Murray Bridge are being giving the opportunity to share in millions of dollars worth of sports gear once Coles ‘Sports for Schools’ program kicks off next month.

Registrations for the program are now open to schools in the region interested in getting involved and to ensure they don’t miss out on the more than 800 items of sports gear up for grabs.

Schools can share in a range of cricket and softball bats, footballs, basketballs, javelins, hockey sticks, skipping ropes, badminton racquets, first aid kits and more.

From February 7 customers shopping at participating Coles supermarkets and Coles Express outlets can begin collecting Sports for School vouchers.

For every $10 spent at a participating store customers will receive one ‘Sports for Schools’ voucher which are to be placed in collection bins provided at stores or at registered schools.

At the conclusion of the program, the vouchers are tallied and the school can order the sport equipment it needs.

Olympic athlete Sally Pearson has joined forces with “The Fastest Man in the World” to encourage schools to sign up. 

“Sports for Schools will help Aussie kids participate in sport and develop generations of happy kids,” Sally said.

“Sport has played such an important part in my life and it’s exciting to be part of a program which is helping Aussie kids take part in the sports they love.”

Usain Bolt said it is important that kids are encouraged to lead a healthy life, given that people live a considerably more sedentary lifestyle these days.

“Everyone likes getting something new and hopefully this campaign will help a lot of schools get better equipment to help their students play safely and have more fun,” he said.

“Nowadays people are less active than in the past – we drive everywhere and we spend most of our time sitting down.

“It’s important to eat well and get enough exercise.”

Coles Managing Director John Durkan said that through the ‘Sports for Schools’ program more than $20 million worth of sports gear had been supplied to more than 7,500 schools across Australia since 2010, and he was pleased to be introducing the program again next week.

“Our customers love sport and we want to see their families have every opportunity to participate in sports themselves,” Mr Durkan said.

“Sports for Schools will help schools provide sporting equipment to children, encouraging them to take up new sports while staying fit and healthy.”

If you would like to register your school for the ‘Sports for School’ program head online to coles.com.au/sfs.