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.