Illawarra and South Coast families have snapped up almost 30,000 kids sport rebates since the NSW government scheme kicked off earlier this year.
The Active Kids program, which came into effect on January 31, provides a cash incentive to help get more children involved in sport.
The rebate allows parents to apply for $100 per school-aged child, per year for four years – as a voucher to help with costs like registration or membership fees.
Government data has revealed the highest number of vouchers, which are accessed via Service NSW, across the Illawarra/South Coast were claimed in the Kiama electorate (8329), followed by Keira (8112) and Shellharbour (5428). The most popular sports linked to those claims were soccer, rugby league and netball.
NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said Active Kids was putting more money back in the pockets of mums and dads, while reducing barriers to sport.
“We want more kids playing sport and the best way to do that is to make it more affordable for all families.”
The Active Kids program runs year-round and the voucher can be used at any time during the calander year it was issued.
Anyone yet to claim a rebate can do so by visiting sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids.
ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS BY ELECTORATE
- Keira - 8112
- Wollongong - 3667
- Shellharbour - 5428
- Kiama - 8329
- South Coast - 3421