Bulls in Schools set for $8m in funding over four years

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More than 50,000 kids have taken part in the Bulls in Schools program since it was launched three years ago.

It’s worth remembering that those three years were marked by restrictions, including lockdowns, during the pandemic.

The Macarthur FC program is delivered by the club’s community football coaches who have been trained and endorsed to promote health and wellness in school children in Years 3 to 6.

Hinchinbrook Public School, Glenfield Public School, Wilton Public School, Oaks Public School and Harrington Park Public School are just some of the scores of schools which participate in the program.

Focus of the year-round program is on health, socialisation and education through football.

Bulls in Schools also provides cost-of-living relief to families because they are able to engage their children in the programs free of charge.

It is anticipated Bulls in Schools will reach an additional 20,000 children per year.

And if Labor wins tomorrow’s state election it will fund the program and other Macarthur FC community initiatives to the tune of $8 million over the next four years.

This election commitment also supports a multicultural community engagement program which aims to boost Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities’ participation in football.

Macarthur FC chairman Gino Marra welcomed the commitment.

“We are a dedicated community club and this commitment by Chris Minns and NSW Labor will go a long way to making a difference in South Western Sydney,” Mr Marra said.

“Community is at the heart of everything we do at Macarthur FC, and it gives me great pride to say that we have had more than 50,000 kids from our region participate in our Bulls in Schools program.”

NSW Labor announced the election commitment to fund Macarthur FC’s Bulls In Schools programs on Thursday.

“The Bulls in Schools program visits local schools, running training drills, education sessions with a core emphasis on health, physical activity and the benefits of an active lifestyle,’’ said Julia Finn, Labor shadow sport minister.

“Our commitment will ensure more school kids can learn sport and life skills through football.’’

Labor candidates across South West Sydney, including Nathan Hagarty (Leppington), Anoulack Chanthivong (Macquarie Fields), Greg Warren (Campbelltown) and Sally Quinnell (Camden) have also backed the commitment to the Bulls in Schools program.

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