Schools often have the only quality playing fields and courts a town might have and having them closed for six weeks over summer means that some kids miss out on the opportunity for exercise.
Both the Empire Vale Public School and Wardell Public School have a remedy for this issue and will be opening their grounds daily throughout the summer holidays as part of the NSW Department of Education’s Share Our Space program.
Share Our Space looks to promote healthy and active communities by encouraging the use of safe, quality community spaces.
The schools will open their grounds from Monday 21 December to Friday 22 January, including all public holidays. Local residents of all ages are encouraged to make use of the sporting ovals, basketball courts and gardens. It’s also a great way to give kids space to ride their bikes, play ball sports or get active.
The school gates will be opened by 8am each day and closed by 5pm. All visitors are reminded to maintain appropriate physical distancing and to follow COVID-safe hygiene practices.
For more information and a list of schools taking part visit www.schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au/shareourspace.