Eligible seniors will be given financial help to join sporting clubs or attend seniors physical activity classes under an innovative program announced today in Belmont.
Premier Colin Barnett and Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies today launched SilverSport - based on the State Government's highly successful KidSport program - which will provide up to $200 towards fees, uniforms and equipment needed for sport and recreation activities.
The pilot program will target adults aged 60 and above who hold a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and will initially be trialled in Belmont, Kwinana, Northam and Kalgoorlie-Boulder and Coolgardie.
"Keeping active as we age has all sorts of physical and mental health benefits including reducing the risk of developing diseases, easing chronic pain, and reducing the risk of developing depression and anxiety," Mr Barnett said.
"Prevention is often the best cure and SilverSport is one way the Government can reach out to older West Australians and help those who might not otherwise be able to afford to join sporting or recreation clubs."
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said the fees of up to $200 per person would go directly to recognised SilverSport clubs, recreation centres, programs and businesses through their local government.
"Applicants in trial areas with a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card can join a registered SilverSport program from July 1, 2016. This will go some way to ease the financial burden on seniors who want to stay fit and healthy," Ms Davies said.
The program will receive $300,000 in funding from the departments of Sport and Recreation and Local Government and Communities.
The Premier said SilverSport added to the $70,000 per year the Government provided to the Seniors Recreation Council of WA Inc for the expansion of its Healthy Ageing Through Activity program. The program aimed to enhance the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of seniors and link them to appropriate social networks, community services and Government agencies.
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