Shepparton schools have the opportunity to share in millions of dollars worth of sports gear with the return of Coles’ Sports for Schools program.
Customers can start collecting Sports for School vouchers from February 7.
For every $10 spent at Coles supermarkets, Coles Express stores (excluding fuel) or via Coles online, customers will receive one Sports for Schools voucher.
Vouchers can then be placed in collection bins provided at Coles stores and registered schools. At the end of the program, the vouchers are tallied and the school can order the sports equipment it needs.
World Champion athletes Sally Pearson and Usain Bolt have joined forces to encourage schools to sign up.
‘‘Sports for Schools will help Aussie kids participate in sport and develop generations of happy and healthy kids,’’ Pearson said.
Coles managing director John Durkan said that through the Sports for Schools program Coles had supplied over $20million worth of sports gear to more than 7500 schools across Australia since 2010 and was pleased to be introducing the program again next week.
‘‘Our customers love sport and we want to see their families have every opportunity to participate in sports themselves. Sports for Schools will help schools provide sporting equipment to children, encouraging them to take up new sports while staying fit and healthy,’’ he said.
More than 800 items of quality sports gear are up for grabs including cricket and softball bats, footballs, basketballs, javelins, hockey sticks, skipping ropes, badminton racquets, first aid kits and more.