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Parents across Coogee are relishing the NSW Government’s Active Kids Rebate which puts $100 per child back into the family budget to cover costs of getting kids into sport.
NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres and Member for Coogee, Bruce Notley-Smith visited St Anthony's Catholic Primary School in Clovelly today and met the Devereux family who will save $200 in sporting related costs for their two children Drew and Nate when the Active Kids Rebate kicks in.
“The Active Kids Rebate is the cornerstone of our record $401 million sport budget with $100 per school aged child to be put back in the pocket of parents to help cover the cost of getting their kids into sport,” Mr Notley-Smith said.
“Whether your active child plays sport such as netball, football or basketball; swimming classes, gymnastics or athletics, this is an initiative we’re extremely proud of.
“This is a fantastic initiative which aims to reduce cost of living pressures for families and reduce barriers to healthy activity,” Mr Notley-Smith said.
Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said families will be able to claim up to $100 per school child, per calendar year from 1 January 2018 for after-school, weekend and school holiday sport and active recreation activities.
“In NSW we love our sport, and this year’s budget delivers record funding to invest in our major and community sporting facilities and encourage healthier lifestyles,” Mr Ayres said.
“The Active Kids Rebate will mean savings for thousands of families and ensure children can attend team sports as well as recreational programs such as swimming.”
Trudy Devereux from the Clovelly Crocodiles Rugby League Club said the Active Kids Rebate is an incredibly positive initiative and will help many families.
"Keeping kids active through community sports programs is great for their health, and encourages new friendships and connections,” Ms Devereux said.
"Kids often play more than one sport and the equipment, uniforms and other gear adds up so this initiative is sure to make a huge difference the household budget from next year.”
Further detail about the Active Kids voucher is available on the NSW Office of Sport website https://sport.nsw.gov.au/