JANUARY 2018 has brought about the official opening of the Active Kids Voucher program for New South Wales school students.
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The voucher is available to all school aged students in New South Wales, and is not means tested.
Families will multiple children are not restricted with one voucher per family, they may apply for each and every student enrolled in school.
The Active Kids rebate will be available from the NSW Government via a voucher system to all school-aged children who enrol in, or register for sport and fitness activities to cover participation costs.
This program will be run annually for the next four years.
A large variety of sports clubs and activity groups across Raymond Terrace, Medowie and Tilligerry have already registered for the voucher program, preparing for the release.
They include, but are not limited to Terrace Roosters, Medowie Netball Club, Dance n Dazzle Studio, Port Stephens Power AFL Club, Medowie Girl Guides, MCPD Dance and Cheer and Crossfit Deck.
Kimberly Cox, owner and operator of Crossfit Deck in Raymond Terrace, told News Of The Area “We registered back in September with the hopes of having most of the CrossFit boxes (gyms) around being recognised for the positive influence our strong communities can have on our local families.”
“With most of our CrossFit Kids already watching Mum or Dad be the best versions of themselves by choosing to be healthier in fitness and food choices for life, the children learn to have the same focus and also the same love of fitness being fun, rewarding and engaging.”
“Family costs can be difficult so having this rebate is so positive for any family and such a good opportunity to get kids started in seeing fitness as fun and to become a standard part of their day.”
Matt Jeffery from Port Hunter Touch told News Of The Area, “This voucher program is a great encouragement for kids to get into a sport.”
“When the cost is assisted, there’s no barrier left to giving sport a go.”
The initiative will reduce the barriers to participation and help change the physical activity behaviours of children and young people in NSW.
The voucher can be used for registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend sport and structured physical activity programs, including swimming lessons, from a wide range of providers.
More information will be available on the website as the program details are further developed: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids.
By Rachael VAUGHAN