More than a quarter of a million parents in NSW have downloaded an Active Kids voucher in just 10 days, in what the government says is a sign of the program’s success.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was thrilled that parents were using the opportunity to download their $100 voucher to cover the cost of sports and active recreation fees.
“It is fantastic to see mums and dads taking advantage of this program to help get their kids active,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“So far more than 250,000 vouchers have been downloaded in the first 10 days of Active Kids which is a phenomenal result.
“More than 100,000 vouchers have been redeemed, meaning a collective saving of $10 million in sport registration fees for parents.”
The cost of sports and physical activities for children could often stretch the family budget so Active Kids was one way for the NSW Government to ease cost of living pressures on parents, Ms Berejiklian said.
Sports Minister Stuart Ayres said parents could register online with Service NSW to receive their $100 voucher to provide to their approved sport or physical activity club or organisation.
“If we can change the habits of many kids, get them off their devices and out in the sunshine and kicking a footy or playing a sport they love then we are helping to give young people a healthier start in life,” Mr Ayres said.
“Active kids are healthy kids and as long as their program is more than eight weeks long and involves a moderate to strong degree of movement – it will qualify.”
Parents have until 31 December 2018 to claim and use their voucher.