Take advantage of the Active Kids rebate from early next year

Lithgow junior basketball.
Lithgow junior basketball.

Sport is a fantastic way for young kids to get active and meet new friends.

However it can often leave a hole in the family budget.

Parents of school children have been encouraged to take advantage of the $100 Active Kids rebate for sporting and fitness related costs launching on January 31 next year.

The initiative aims to reduce barriers to participation and help change the physical activity behaviours of children and young people in NSW.

Lithgow junior soccer.

Lithgow junior soccer.

“This rebate addresses once of the most important issues across our local community– easing the cost of living for families,” Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said.

“We know how household costs can add up and want to ease the pressure on families where we can, so we are encouraging parents take advantage of this rebate and enrol their children in their preferred sport.

“These activities could include traditional sport such as netball, football or cricket; as well as other fitness or physical activities such as swimming classes or dance.”

Lithgow junior hockey.

Lithgow junior hockey.

The rebate comes in the form of a voucher and can be claimed for each calendar year to reduce the cost of eligible sport and fitness activities.

"Every dollar counts in the household budget counts, and this $100 will reduce a barrier that stops kids from playing more sport,” Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said.

“Through Active Kids, we want to make sport more affordable and continue our target of reducing childhood obesity rates by five per cent over 10 years.”

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The rebate is not means tested so every family has access to this initiative.

There will be no limits on the number of applications per family, as long as every child is enrolled in school.

Parents will be able to register for the voucher online from January 31, 2018 or through their local Service NSW Centre.

For full guidelines and details visit sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids.