Kel Menchin at Ballina Public School this week leading the Active After-Schools Communities program.
Kel Menchin at Ballina Public School this week leading the Active After-Schools Communities program.

Coach rewarded for helping local kids get active



KEL Menchin gets a kick out of watching children who have never participated in sport develop skills in the Australian Government's Active After-School Communities (AASC) program.

And Kel, who has been a coach in the program since Term 3 last year, has now received another award, the Australian Sports Commission's 5 Star Community Coach Award established to highlight best practice in the AASC.

He has been recognised as excelling in the Playing for Life philosophy, being a positive role model to children, having community endorsement and incorporating special initiatives and innovation within activities.

Kel is a Level 3 rugby league referee, has been coaching junior rugby league and is president of the Ballina Seagulls Junior Rugby League Club.

In the AASC program, he teaches children sports-specific skills and general motor skills at three local schools each week in eight-week blocks.

"The AASC program is really rewarding," he said. "Seeing the children progress with their motor skills and self-confidence has been a highlight."

The AASC program forms part of the of the Australian Government's Building a Healthy Active Australia program, a nationally co-ordinated response to the the increasing levels of inactivity amongst children.

It began in Term 2 last year and provides primary school children access to fun, struc- tured physical activities.


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