SCENIC RIM schools can share in millions of dollars’ worth of sports great with the return of Coles’ popular Sports for Schools program.
More than 800 items of quality sports gear are up for grabs, including cricket and softball bats, footballs, basketballs, javelins, hockey sticks, skipping ropes, badminton racquets and first aid kits.
For every $10 spent from February 7 at Coles supermarkets , Coles Express stores (excluding fuel) or via Coles online, customers will receive one Sports for Schools voucher.
Vouchers can then be placed in collection bins provided at Coles stores and registered schools.
At the end of the program, the vouchers are tallied and the school can order the sports equipment it needs.
World Champion athletes Sally Pearson and Usain Bolt have joined forces to encourage schools to sign up.
“Sports for Schools will help Aussie kids participate in sport and develop generations of happy and healthy 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 was important to encourage kids to lead a healthy lifestyle.
“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 – so it’s important to eat well and get enough exercise.”
Coles Managing Director John Durkan said that through the Sports for Schools program, Coles had supplied more than $20 million worth of sports gear to more than 7,500 schools across Australia since 2010 and was pleased to be re-introducing the program.
“Our customers love sport and we want to see their families have every opportunity to participate in sports themselves," he said.
"Sports for Schools will help schools provide sporting equipment to children, encouraging them to take up new sports while staying fit and healthy."
Schools can register to take part at coles.com.au/sfs.