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December 9, 2011

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester joined in the fun at Glengarry Primary School this week as part of its Active After-school Communities (AASC) program.

The AASC program provides primary school children with access to free sport and physical activity programs in the after-school time slot of 3pm to 5.30pm.

Mr Chester said habits developed early in life were likely to lead to positive health outcomes in the future.

“It’s an important program which provides opportunities for children who may not normally participate in sport to experience a wide range of activities in a non-competitive environment,” Mr Chester said.

“From my experience young children who are connected to their community through sporting clubs are more likely to grow into community leadership roles and positively contribute to their community.

Mr Chester said the Australian Sports Commission manages AASC nationally through a network of locally based regional coordinators. Coordinators work with schools to facilitate the program, recruit and train community coaches and work with local sporting clubs to increase junior membership.

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