Sadleir Public School pupils were counting hoops last Thursday as they threw goals at the grand opening of the all-purpose sports court.
The court was constructed after the school got a $115,000 grant, as part of the Community Building Partnerships program.
The parents and citizens committee president Safaa Achour said they applied for the grant last year.
“Our community wanted our students to have the opportunity to excel in sports like basketball, netball and newcombe ball. We visited Mr Lynch and he supported our grant. We’re very proud of what we have achieved for our students,” she said.
Liverpool MP Paul Lynch said it didn’t take much convincing as a advocate for children's physical health and well being.
“The opening of Sadleir courts was a good day. Everyone’s got recollections of running around the playground and playing sport. Most of those memories are good and it’s important younger generations get that as well.
According to the principal and teachers, a lot of the children who’ve started to use the courts aren’t your typical sporting children.MP Paul Lynch
“My memories of school involve playing cricket. I was always a cricket tragic. I was never all that good although the peak was when I was at university and I was captain of the team. The opening bowler was a guy called David Gilbert who went on to play for Australia.
“One of the really positive things about these extra sports facilities is giving the children the opportunity to get more exercise. What’s really interesting is according to the principal and teachers, a lot of the children who’ve started to use the courts aren’t your typical sporting children. Some children aren’t getting enough physical activity and anything to get them to go out is wonderful.”
He said the program was first established by the Labor Government.
Sadleir Public School pincipal Matthew Ralph, thanked the P&C committee, Sydney Kings and Mr Lynch for their contributions.
“All students at Sadleir Public have benefited, whether it be playing basketball or netball at lunchtime, representing the school on Friday afternoons or training after school,” he said.
“The grant also enabled us to build a shelter and some seating.”