Active After-school Communities Program co-ordinator Rodney Coxsedge and Easts field player Roneece Cupitt (front) get together with children participating in the active after school program.
Active After-school Communities Program co-ordinator Rodney Coxsedge and Easts field player Roneece Cupitt (front) get together with children participating in the active after school program. Sarah Harvey

No couch time for active kids

IT'S back to the future for Ipswich primary school kids as they leave video games behind and head to the sports field when the school day is done.

The federally funded Active After-school Communities Program is continuing its roll-out across Ipswich, teaching kids that physical activity equals health.

Ipswich/West Moreton region co-ordinator Rodney Coxsedge said the six-year-old program had a simple goal.

"The program was conceived to engage inactive kids and get them physically active after school," Mr Coxsedge said.

"We aim to get them off the computers, off the lounge and away from the TV.

"Hopefully we can get them doing something that puts them on a pathway to participating in club sport or active community groups."

More than 70 sports are included in the program from rugby to lacrosse and gymnastics, as well as structured physical activities such as dance and circus skills.

Last year more than 190,000 schoolchildren participated in the program across Australia.

"Right now we're really on the lookout to get more clubs and community members involved in Ipswich," Mr Coxsedge said.

"We put all new coaches through a free community coaches training program.

"From there coaches and clubs can charge to go into the schools and the funding pays for that. So it's free for everyone to be involved. It's really a win/win situation."

Hockey coach Roneece Cupitt has been involved with the program since its inception.

The East Ipswich senior player said the program was great because it exposed kids to a range of physical activities.

A program information session will be run at Brothers Leagues Club on October 4.