Fed push for compulsory sport in school

The federal government will lobby states to make sport mandatory in schools in a push to improve children's health and performance in class.

Federal Sports Minister Bridget McKenzie said physical activity was not just good for kids' health and wellbeing, with research now linking it to better learning.

"Sport is a powerful platform for a whole lot of things, not just for the fun of it (and) I want to use the power of sport whenever I can,'' Senator McKenzie told News Corp on Monday.