Primary Sport Challenge

Primary Sport Challenge

What is the NSW Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge?

The NSW Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge aims to engage young people in sport and physical activity and encourages them to lead healthy, active lifestyles.

The Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge involves primary school classes participating in a 10 week sport and physical activity challenge.

A class may accumulate time spent in a broad range of sports and recreational pursuits during lunchtime, in school sport programs, class time, after school or in weekend physical activity.

How can Year 6 PSC Student Leaders assist?

The Year 6 PSC Student Leader strategy was piloted in 2014 in 100+ schools, with great enthusiasm and resounding success. 

Schools designate a small group of Year 6 students (usually between 1 and 8, depending on the size of the school) to be the PSC Student Leaders. (This may be the Sports House Captains, or an alternate group of "sporty and tech-savvy" students).

These students take on a variety of roles to assist in facilitating the school's participation in the Primary School Sport Challenge, such as:

  • promotion: making posters, writing newsletter articles, preparing photos and stories fro publication on the school website
  • encouraging students to be active: handing out and collecting sport equipment at lunch times, running small games and activities
  • providing recognition: speaking at school assemblies about participation and acknowledging class successes (remembering that the Challenge is about working together as a class group)
  • keeping the online data up-to-date: the new PSC Tracker* will enable students (through a generated username and password) to assist class teachers in keeping activity records up-to-date each week. This will allow classes to see their progress through the Challenge on an e-Wall Chart.

*A guide for Year 6 PSC Student Leaders to help with data entry in the PSC Tracker is available here.

Click here to view a sample "contract" for Year 6 PSC Student Leaders.
Click here to download Key Dates and Rules of Challenge for Year 6 PSC Student Leaders. 

So, how do we get involved?

PSC Leader badgeIn the PSC Tracker, the School Facilitator can create a School Login (username and password) to allow designated Year 6 PSC Student Leaders to assist class teachers with data entry.

Please email psc@det.nsw.edu.au to request your student badges.

More Information about the Challenge

Getting started

To get started in the Challenge schools follow a few simple steps:

  1. Principal appoints school challenge facilitator(s) using the Access Management Utility (AMU) via the My Applications tab on the DEC Portal.
  2. School arranges classes of students to participate in the Challenge.
  3. Principal or facilitator registers the school's participation online by selecting the My Registration menu item on the Primary Sport Challenge main page.
  4. Principal or facilitator
    • provides school contact details, school population, estimated number of students and classes participating in the Challenge.
    • selects the Register/Certify button to formally register the school's participation.


Primary Registration Screen

Rules of the Challenge

  1. The Challenge commences in schools Term 2 2015 and concludes at the end of Term 3 2015.
  2. Schools have a nineteen week time frame to complete the 10 weeks of physical activity required to meet the Challenge.
  3. The Challenge is class based. Class members contribute the time they spend in physical activity each week to the class effort. There is no limit to the number of classes that a school may enter.
  4. Classes are challenged to set goals to accrue time spent each week in moderate to vigorous activity which is undertaken in a range of sports and physical activities.
  5. To achieve a Premier's Bronze, Silver, Gold or Diamond Award, classes and individual members must accrue the following time spent in sport and physical activity:
    Awards Daily average activity time per student Average time in minutes per week per student
    Bronze 30 minutes per day 210
    Silver 45 minutes per day 315
    Gold 60 minutes per day 420
    Diamond 80 minutes per day 560
  6. Class members record their physical activity time in the Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge log book.
  7. Each school is required to regularly register online the Award level achieved by class member
  8. Community Schools and large Central Schools may enter their primary classes in the Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge and their secondary students in the Premier's Secondary School Sport Challenge. Schools for Specific Purpose and Central Schools with a small enrolment base may choose to participate in either one of the Challenges. These schools are able to choose the Challenge model that best suits their circumstances and learning structures.

Important dates for the NSW Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge

    • 2 February 2015 - Registrations open
    • 2 April 2015 - Registrations close
    • 21 April 2015 - Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge officially commences in schools
    • December 2015 - Challenge certificates sent to schools

Who is involved in the NSW Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge?

Students, teachers, parents, members of the wider school community, NSW Premier's Sporting Challenge Ambassadors, State Sporting organisations and the Premier's Sporting Challenge corporate partners are involved in the Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge.

The Challenge provides considerable capacity to be student driven. Primary schools may consider using Year 6 students as Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge leaders to help class teachers organise a range of Challenge activities. Challenge Leaders may also assist with the organisation and conduct of recess and lunchtime activities, class activities, sport programs and collection of activity data.

The Challenge provides significant opportunities for students to acquire skills in areas such as organisation, leadership, communication, decision making skills, team building and goal setting. Students may be appointed or elected to roles such as photographer, statistician, promotion officer and media manager, journalist or reporter.

Parents and members of the broader school community are encouraged to be involved in the NSW Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge in a variety of ways including coaching of teams, assisting in the organisation of activities or generally supporting the school in the conduct of the NSW Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge.

Physical activity - How often? How hard?

It's not hard! Any daily physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity can be used to accrue time.

Moderate activities could be as simple as brisk walking, bike riding with friends, skateboarding, lawn bowls, playground games, yoga and dancing.

Vigorous activities are associated with such activities as Australian Football, netball, aerobics, soccer, running, fitness circuits, dance, swimming laps and training for sport.

Opportunities for moderate to vigorous activity are also provided by:

  • incidental activity.
  • playground games.
  • organised school sport competitions and physical education activities.
  • school based programs such as the School Swimming Scheme.
  • outdoor adventure and physical recreation programs.
  • school camps.
  • dance associated with the Performing Arts.

Students are encouraged to contribute to the class activity targets and goals by engaging in activities that reflect their interests and abilities. It is recognised that not all team members are in a position to contribute the same amount of time to class activity goals.

Some students will be in a position to contribute very significant amounts of time through their already high commitments to sport and training regimes. This level of contribution by an individual student or several students in a class has the potential to dominate the time accrued each week by a particular class. As a means of establishing a fair playing field, individual students may contribute a maximum of 85 minutes a day.

Students are encouraged to work towards the recommended national daily activity standard of one hour per day*.

Classes accumulating this average amount of time in physical activity over the 10 week Challenge are awarded the Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge Gold Award.

* Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing, 2004.

Awards and incentives

A range of awards and incentives are available to encourage and acknowledge the work of the class and achievements of the school community throughout the Challenge.

Students in classes that have reached the Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge Bronze, Silver, Gold or Diamond Award receive a certificate at the conclusion of the Challenge.

A class/classes will need to accrue the following activity time to receive an Award:

Awards Daily average activity time per student Average time in minutes per week per student
Bronze 30 minutes per day 210
Silver 45 minutes per day 315
Gold 60 minutes per day 420
Diamond 80 minutes per day 560

Students are encouraged to work towards the recommended national daily activity standard of 60 minutes per day.

To share the responsibility in achieving the class goal, individual students are limited to contribute a maximum of 85 minutes per day to a team total.

Start-up and Participation Grants

Start-up grants are offered to schools joining the Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge for the first time. In 2013 start-up grants averaged $2000 per school.

Annual participation grants are provided to schools continuing to support student participation in the NSW Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge. In 2015 participation grants will range from $700 to $2000 depending on school size and numbers of students participating in the Challenge.

The grants can be used for a variety of purposes including:

  • teacher relief for the Challenge Facilitator
  • sport equipment purchases
  • specialist support - sports/dance coach, PDHPE teacher
  • venue hire
  • learning community initiatives.

The Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge Ambassadors

High profile athletes have been invited to become official "Ambassadors" of the Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge. The Ambassadors will focus on promoting the benefits of healthy life choices to students, teachers and parents.

Twenty nine NSW and National sporting organisations are also partners in the Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge. These organisations will provide additional Ambassadors to assist schools in the conduct of the Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge.

The Challenge Ambassadors will attend key events, spreading the word about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and being more active, more often.

What help will schools receive to organise and conduct the Challenge?

Schools will receive the following assistance:

  • Premier's Primary School Sport Challenge Grant
  • Online materials and resources
  • A Facilitator's Tool Kit that includes:
    • organising classes
    • recording of activity
    • school promotion of the Challenge
    • log books
    • access to professional learning activities.