More than 6000 children in the Hawkesbury region have applied for Active Kids $100 vouchers since the program kicked-off at the start of the year.
Across NSW more than 450,000 vouchers have been created by the NSW Government with traditional sports such as cricket, soccer, AFL, rugby league, netball and rugby union featuring highly.
The program has also provided funding for activities as diverse as archery, fencing, sailing and weightlifting as well as sports catering for people with a disability.
Member for Hawkesbury Dominic Perrottet said the huge uptake in the program showed that families in the Hawkesbury were embracing the initiative since its launch in January.
“Kids weekend sports are in full flight, and watching your kids playing having fun with their friends is a highlight of many people’s week,” Mr Perrottet said.
“We know the cost of participating can be a barrier when you add up the registration fees, uniforms, mouth guards and driving them around, so Active Kids is a program we are very proud of.”
“No parent should have to second guess if they can afford this sport and other fitness activity fees. We want to get kids moving and remove barriers to playing sport.”
Active Kids is a key initiative of the 2017-18 Budget and is not means-tested. It supports the Premier’s Priority to reduce overweight and obesity rates of children by five per cent over ten years.
Figures show more than 2000 children accessed the voucher in the 2756 postcode area which covers a large number of areas including Windsor, Wilberforce and McGraths Hill.
The NSW Government has committed $207 million over the next four years to the Active Kids Rebate and parents will have the opportunity to access the voucher for each child each year.
Parents have until 31 December 2018 to claim and use their voucher for this year. Visit sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids or by phoning Service NSW on 13 77 88.