The Liberal-led State Government has today launched the summer season of the successful KidSport program as part of its commitment to encouraging all WA children to participate in community sport, regardless of their financial circumstances.
“This is good news for families in the South Perth electorate”, John McGrath, Liberal Member for South Perth said. “Many of our families are struggling to afford to register their children at sport and recreation clubs in the area.”
John McGrath said that KidSport offers families sport and recreation fee subsidies of up to $200 per child aged between 5 and 18. This allows children of families who cannot normally cover these costs to enjoy some of the benefits of participating in sport and recreation clubs.
“There is no doubt that participating in community sport allows children to develop important life skills. Being a member of a sporting team or a club encourages kids to make new friends and feel a strong sense of involvement in our community. Studies have shown that kids who participate in organised sport and recreation are not only physically but mentally healthier than kids who don’t,” John McGrath said.
“KidSport focuses on kids from lower socio-economic backgrounds, who have often not had the same opportunities to participate in club sports or enjoy the benefits of being a member of these organisations.”
The Liberal-led Government has allocated $10 million to KidSport over four years as part of the Sport 4 All initiative. It has been extremely successful, with 9650 children signing up to the program in its first year – half of these children had never been a part of a club before. This success is due in part to the State government’s partnership with 113 local governments, delivering a comprehensive state-wide program. Another 16 local governments are expected to join in the next year.
“Colin Barnett and I are committed to enabling all WA children to have a fair go,” John McGrath said. “We need to ensure that all our kids have the opportunity to participate in sport and recreation programs, whatever their financial circumstances. As summer is fast approaching, now is the time for families to consider registering their children for KidSport.”
To be eligible for KidSport, families must be holders of a Health Care Card or be referred to the program by a recognised community referral agent.