Sporting Schools is an Australian Government initiative which has been designed to help and support schools to increase children's participation in sport. 

It is the largest school-based sports participation program, providing opportunities for children to get active and connect with more than 30 community sporting organisations in Australia.

Schools can partake in the program via two ways: 

  1. Sport Australia funding application process
  2. Schools self-funded programs

Football Australia is the accredited Sporting Schools provider for football in Australia.

The Sporting Schools Term 3 (2021) Funding Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for information on Term 4 funding.


The Sporting Schools Football Program caters for both Primary Schools, and Secondary Schools (Years 7-8 only). 

The program is designed by our technical and youth development teams to use Football as the vehicle for fun, engagement and physical activity with learning principles that can be then applied back into the classroom environment. 

With a focus on learning movement skills, teamwork, coordination and fun, the program encourages children to participation in game-based activities that reflect the Football Australia ‘Play for Life’ philosophy and the Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus.

The foundation of the Football Schools Program is based on the junior program: MiniRoos. 

Football Australia will look to engage past, current and upcoming Matildas and Socceroo player appearances, A-League & W-League player and club representatives and local community club interaction to encourage the transition of school students into the Football Junior Pathway. 

Our programs are tailored to the needs of each school, ranging in sessions and duration and are inclusive and available to students of all abilities. 

Sporting Schools football programs can run before, during and after school.


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Schools can apply for the program in two ways: 

1. Sporting Schools Funding Program

a) Register with Sporting Schools (Sport Australia) to be eligible for funding 

b) If your school meets the eligibility criteria, you can apply for funding each term to deliver Sporting Schools activities before, during or after school hours.

c) Once your school has had their funding application approved you can apply for football packages that meet your needs via the online booking system. The booking system will allow your school to administer and manage booking requests.

d) It is important that your school completes the Sport Aus acquittal process. Acquitting is Sport Aus’ assurance that your school has used the funds according to the program parameters and terms and conditions.

2. Self-funded Program

a) Schools can still make a booking through the Sporting Schools Portal, even if they are not receiving government funding:

If you have any additional questions or require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact

3. Expressions of interest