Coles program to get kids active

BUNDABERG region schools can receive thousands of dollars worth of new sporting equipment under a new program launched by Coles.

The Sports for Schools program gives schools 10 weeks to collect vouchers that can be redeemed for sporting equipment.

To take part, schools can register online at

Once they register, they will receive a voucher collection box as well as classroom giveaways and activities.

Supporters of the school can collect a voucher for every $10 they spend at Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, Bi-Lo and Pick'n Pay stores.

The collection period runs from tomorrow until October 31.

More than $10 million worth of sporting equipment is expected to be given to schools.

Coles managing director Ian McLeod said schools had the chance to get sporting equipment simply through families, friends and the local school community doing their normal weekly shopping at Coles.

“The fact that 30% of Aussie kids do not participate in sport or any physical activities is alarming,” Mr McLeod said.

“We believe the more equipment kids have access to, the more likely they are to be active.”

The vouchers will be collected and counted in November and December, with the equipment delivered at the start of the 2011 school year.

The program coincides with Australia's participation in the Commonwealth Games.

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