We’re proud to announce our partnership with the NRL! As principal sponsor of our Coles Backyard League program, they’re helping us encourage kids of all ages and abilities to get active through the great tradition of rugby league. The three to five-week program that can be implemented into current PE programs in schools, teaches kids the essential ‘game sense’ skills, with a modified informal version of rugby league. To find out more about the program, visit coles.com.au.
State of Origin Legends Andrew Johns and Darren Lockyer came along to help launch Coles Backyard League and then take on the kids… Check out the photos to see how they did!
Today we launched our Coles Sports for Schools program for 2012 complete with my5 soccer, baguette relays, a Steve Hooker tribute squad, delicious food from Curtis & Catherine Freeman even brought along her very special Gold Medal from the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games!
To register your school and find out more about Coles Sports for Schools 2012, visit sportsforschools.com.au.
As part of our Coles Sports for Schools program we have begun delivering over $10 million worth of Sports Gear to 7,500 Australian Schools (yes, that’s a lot of Footballs & Tennis Rackets…)!
Olympic great, Catherine Freeman came along to join in the fun, helping to deliver sports equipment to Timbarra Primary School! She commented: “My passion for athletics started at school, so seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces today was wonderful. It’s great to see programs like Sports for Schools invest in grassroots sports – after all, that’s where we’ll see the Olympians of the future emerge from!” The sports stadium at Timbarra Primary School was destroyed in 2011 after a fire caused $2.5 million damage. The school’s local community rallied together and collected more than 135,000 Coles Sports for Schools vouchers to help replenish the school’s sports equipment!
The Coles Sports for Schools program is the biggest program of its kind in Australia, encouraging customers to collect and donate Sports for Schools vouchers when they shop in store or online! The 2011 program saw:
- A 20% increase in vouchers collected by communities
- Total value of sports equipment collected exceeding $10.2 million
- 205,134 individual pieced of equipment being delivered to schools across Australia