Keeping NSW kids active

Get physical: Parents can get $100 off the cost of their child's sport twice a year with the NSW Active Kids voucher. Photo: Shutterstock images
Get physical: Parents can get $100 off the cost of their child's sport twice a year with the NSW Active Kids voucher. Photo: Shutterstock images

The NSW Government's Active Kids program is expected to attract an increasing number of NSW families this year.

Over a million vouchers, which save parents money and keep kids active, were created last year.

The vouchers can contribute towards the cost of a school-aged child's sports registration, membership expenses and fees for a physical activities such as swimming, dance lessons, athletics, soccer, netball, rugby or tennis.

The Active Kids program, launched in 2018, aims to increase participation of children in sport and physical activity.

NSW school-enrolled children are able to access two $100 vouchers each year. The two vouchers cannot be combined to pay for a single program. They can be used with the one provider to help pay the cost of two separate terms of sport.

Data from the NSW Population Health Survey shows that 75 per cent of children in NSW are not meeting the daily recommended level of physical activity, which is 60 active minutes each day. Further, 22 per cent of children aged 5-16 years are reported as being overweight.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the impressive number of voucher downloads showed how keen parents were to get their kids involved in sport.

"Participation not only brings physical benefits but also builds confidence, resilience and leadership," he said. "When we nurture our grassroots, we reap the benefits as a society."

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said by doubling the vouchers, children can play both a summer and winter sport.

"We know sporting activities are popular with children but the costs can add to a household budget, which is why we introduced this program," Mr Dominello said.

Tennis NSW CEO Lawrence Robertson said Active Kids had assisted Tennis NSW in getting more kids to play tennis. "I encourage all families to take advantage of the second Active Kids voucher and enrol in sport," Mr Robertson said.

To apply for the Active Kids voucher or to find registered providers for an activity, log into the Service NSW Active Kids account or visit any Service NSW Centre.

For details, visit sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids or phone Service NSW on 13 77 88.

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