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The Good Village: A champion challenge

The Good Village

The Good Village and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) have launched a free, new incursion program to inspire students to think big, solve problems and create healthier communities.


Building community connections is an important part of children’s development. It helps them to develop a sense of belonging and connection with the wider community. It also helps to give them a better understanding of the world around them and how they can make a difference in it. The new program from Nestlé and the Australian Institute of Sport gives Australian students the opportunity to learn directly from high performance athletes, while solving real-world challenges.


Solving real world challenges with in-class problem solving programs has long been a trend in Australian classrooms, with many students transforming their local and wider communities with creative solutions that showcase their knowledge and understanding of, not just the technologies and materials available to them, but also of the world they will be living in as adults. TGV PROBLEM SOLVERS gives students an opportunity to put their knowledge of the health and wellbeing of people and their environment to good use through creative and critical thinking.

Nestlé and the Australian Institute of Sport created The Good Village PROBLEM SOLVERS school program to invite students to explore the impact of well being on their lives and the lives of their peers.


A large part of TGV PROBLEM SOLVERS is its focus on sustainability, both in terms of material production and human resources. The TGV PROBLEM SOLVERS program allows students to explore possible impacts on the wellbeing of people now and in the future, as well as how they could impact both natural and outdoor environments to create sustainable solutions to real world problems. With connections in the community, sustainable futures, and student wellbeing on the list of top priorities for education in every state in 2023, this national program is sure to strike a chord with both teachers and policy makers.


Nestlé teamed up with the AIS back in 1999 to inspire families towards good nutrition and getting active. The partnership is celebrating its 24th birthday this year! With the AIS’ expertise in holistic high-performance sport and athlete development and both agencies’ experience with nutrition, TGV PROBLEM SOLVERS can fully leverage this partnership to create an unforgettable experience for Primary students in 2023.


TGV PROBLEM SOLVERS is a free, curriculum- aligned incursion program for Australian Primary schools with no fixed length, meaning it can be tailored to suit your timetable and the needs of your students. “The program has been created to fit the needs of teachers and students and inspire young people to participate in high performance sport. It is flexible enough to insert as a short or long-term project within your school term because we know that not all schools work the same way!” says Ms Katey Street, Education Consultant, and former Primary School Teacher.

Choose from a two, four, or eight-week program when you book your first incursion. “The program leverages the idea of students being champions, like the athletes that will inspire them,” continues Ms Street. “It’s a harmony of high performance beginning in the classroom and ending on the podium!”


  1. Kick off your TGV PROBLEM SOLVERS experience with an athlete visit to your school. They’ll present your students with a real-world problem to solve.
  2. Complete the in-class program to guide students through the design process over two, four or eight weeks.
  3. Use the free resources, templates, and videos to support your students’ learning and scaffold their design solutions.
  4. Complete your TGV PROBLEM SOLVERS experience with a final visit and presentation opportunity with your athlete.

“The Good Village PROBLEM SOLVERS program allows students to explore possible impacts on the wellbeing of people now and in the future, as well as how they could impact both natural and outdoor environments to create sustainable solutions to real world problems.”


Teachers can access a free library of resources, templates, and videos throughout the program to keep them on track and scaffold their students’ learning. The resources and supporting activities ensure students develop skills and knowledge across the curriculum but within the context of high-performance sport. To get more information about the free incursion program and be amongst the first to try it out, visit


Subscribers and visitors to The Good Village may see some other changes in 2023 with a brand- new area to explore. The Yarning Circle, created in partnership with Reconciliation Australia’s Narragunnawalli team, will inspire connection, creativity, and community skills in the classroom through the application of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, knowledge, and experiences.

The Good Village and the new TGV PROBLEM SOLVERS program may come to be your essential classroom resource for 2023; an integrated experience of community connections, creative problem-solving and cross-curricular learning that will support student development and feel right at home in your timetable. Activate your incursion experience with an expression of interest today at

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