The Sprints Program improves school attendance and students’ social and emotional wellbeing outcomes by delivering a community-tailored extra-curricular sport and recreation program linked to school attendance.
EVIDENCE SUGGESTS THAT PROVIDING LOCALLY RELEVANT SPORTS AND RECREATION PROGRAMS ARE USEFUL IN BUILDING A SENSE OF PURPOSE, HOPE AND BELONGING IN COMMUNITIES.
THE SPRINTS PROGRAM PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH HIGH ATTENDANCE ACCESS TO SPORT AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, WHILE POWERFULLY CONNECTING STUDENTS WITH POSITIVE ROLE MODELS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES.
Sprints promotes school achievement and attendance, healthy living, sociable behaviour and emotional wellbeing by encouraging children to participate in after school sporting and cultural activities.
Sprints is delivered to secondary-school students in Palm Island and Woorabinda in Queensland, and Galiwin'ku and Wurrumiyanga in the Northern Territory.
The program is incentive based and celebrates school attendance by providing access to sporting and cultural extra-curricular activities.
Evidence suggests that participation in extra-curricular activities improves social and emotional wellbeing, sport boosts self- esteem and body image, and participation in cultural activities helps to build a positive cultural identity.
Sprints connects positive Indigenous role-models with students to promote healthy lifestyles and the importance of school education. This approach aims to increase the self-belief, self-esteem and resilience of participating students.