More than 1,500 students from 10 local primary schools tried out five summer sports in July, as part of the Carnival of the Codes.

Held over 5 days in July, students sampled Cricket, Little Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Touch Footy and Basketball.
They discovered how much fun it is to head outdoors and hit a six, jump a hurdle, bowl a lawn bowl, pass a footy and shoot hoops.

In groups of around 30, students were given a 20-minute sample of each summer sport under the supervision of qualified coaches and Year 10 Canterbury Boys High School students.

Designed to boost participation through local community sports clubs, Carnival of the Codes was formed by the Cooks River Sporting Alliance (CRSA), a Club initiative headed by Community Sports/ClubGRANTS Coordinator Paul Kougias. The CRSA was established in 2013 in response to findings that local sporting clubs’ participation rates were in a state of decline.

The Club consulted with 40 local community organisations to pinpoint innovative ways to reverse this trend, and to deliver valuable resources to ensure the health of local sporting clubs and their programs. The CRSA and the Carnival of the Codes both developed following this consultation process.

The next Carnival of the Codes, to be held in February 2015, is anticipated to be even bigger and better.

Pictured: Canterbury Public School students Nathan Gil (with basketball), Alexandra Barker (with cricket bat), Spencer Smith (with javelin), Roisin McCarthy-Blood (rugby ball) and Maddy Haller (with lawn bowls).

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