27 September 2023

Schools onside for sporting challenge

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Caption: Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott takes on Rydalmere East Public School students in a game of soccer.

School students across the State are putting their best feet forward as the Department of Education launches the annual 10-week Premier’s Sporting Challenge.

Students and staff are to step up to the challenge, as the event enters its 12th year.

As play gets under way, staff are being encouraged to join students in the statewide fitness challenge.

This year #TeamDizdar – led by Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance, Murat Dizdar – will face off against another 19 teams in the staff challenge.

“The challenge is a great way to work together to improve our wellbeing so I urge my colleagues to join a team,” Mr Dizdar said.

Reigning team champion, Secretary Mark Scott encouraged students and staff to “put your best foot forward, many, many times”.

“To me, a great place to work includes the opportunity to have a little fun, do something that benefits my health and also allows me to promote that to others,” Mr Scott said.

“I look forward to the challenge ahead and seeing you all pacing around the place,” he said.

Mr Scott said more than 400,000 students and 10,000 staff took part in the 2018 challenge, the largest uptake in the history of the challenge.

He said the NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge was an annual program which encouraged the Department’s students and staff to be physically active during the colder months of the year.

The program aims to support participation in physical activity and promote health and wellbeing.

Employees across the Department will be involved, with 20 teams captained by senior Departmental leaders.

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