More Mildura students will become physically active by easing the financial pressures schools experience in relation to interschool sport under the Victorian Government's Active Kids initiative.

Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced the following Mildura region schools are among 300 government schools to share in the $1.1 million Active Kids initiative:

Chaffey Secondary College

Irymple Secondary College

Merbein P-10 College

Red Cliffs Secondary College

Mildura Primary School

Mildura Specialist School

Mildura West Primary School

Ouyen P-12 College

Ranfurly Primary School

Red Cliffs Primary School

Werrimull P-12 School

Funding will be provided to disadvantaged primary, secondary and specialist schools to support them overcome cost barriers to participate in interschool sport. This will ensure help is provided to students who need it the most.

The initiative will help schools pay for costs such as equipment, uniforms, transport, entry fees, coaching, venue hire and coverage of relief teachers.

The Active Kids initiative, announced as part of the 2018-19 State Budget, will encourage more students to reap the benefits of participating in sport and physical activity.

It’s all part of the Labor Government’s drive to meet the Education State target of increasing the proportion of students taking part in physical activity five times a week.

By encouraging students to be more active, we can increase the proportion of kids staying active and make students happier, healthier and more resilient.