THE state government’s popular Active Kids program is now open for 2019 after an enormously successful first year, which saw families save more than $54 million in children’s sport, fitness and recreation activities across NSW.
Local State MP Adam Marshall said across the Northern Tablelands 5,417 of the $100 vouchers were redeemed last year (a saving of $541,700), helping to make sport more accessible for families and helping to reduce childhood obesity.
“It’s fantastic to see this program continuing because we know the cost of kids’ sport and activities can really add up,” Mr Marshall said.
“Active Kids contributes $100 for every child towards the cost of sports registration, membership expenses and fees for physical activities such as swimming, rugby league, soccer, AFL, dance lessons and little athletics.
“The government has made it a priority to reduce childhood overweight and obesity rates in NSW and now with Active Kids we have 40 per cent of all school-enrolled children in Northern Tablelands enjoying the benefits of exercise,
“It is clear the first year of the program has been a huge success and I want to see even more families take advantage of the vouchers and enrol their children in sport in 2019.
“The Active Kids program is just one of the ways the NSW Government is easing cost of living pressures on families. We also have our $100 Creative Kids vouchers, cheaper Green Slips, free and half priced car rego for toll road users.”
Parents can register for the Active Kids program again in 2019 by registering online to receive their $100 voucher to go towards membership expenses and fees.
The program will run until 2021 and parents are able to claim $100 per enrolled school child per year.
There are 9,600 approved Active Kids providers across NSW. For more information and to register for a voucher, visit: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids