Hon Mia Davies MLA

Hon Mia Davies MLA

Former Minister for Water; Sport and Recreation; Forestry

    KidSport’s fifth birthday more than child’s play

    30/09/2016 4:00 PM
    • More than 113,000 KidSport vouchers distributed since 2011 valued at $17 million
    • Award-winning program helps disadvantaged kids aged 5-18 play sport
    • KidSport families receive up to $200 to join a community sport or recreation club 

    The Liberal National Government's award-winning KidSport program is growing up fast - celebrating its fifth birthday this month.


    More than 60,000 West Australian children have joined a sports club in the past five years courtesy of KidSport.


    Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies, who is in Broome today to mark the anniversary, said the program was designed to help disadvantaged families.


    "When families are struggling financially, one of the last things they can afford is registration fees to allow their children to play sport," Ms Davies said.


    "KidSport steps in to fill the void and since launching in 2011, has encompassed more than 90 sports and activities in 122 local government areas across WA.


    "The fact that most of these children - nearly 40 per cent of which are girls - had never been part of a club prior to KidSport means they and their families have now been able to feel the full benefits of healthy, organised sport and recreation."


    Vouchers worth $17 million have been distributed through KidSport up to the value of $200 each.


    The top KidSport club is the Albany Junior Soccer Association, which has had 928 KidSport sign-ups since 2011.


    "Clubs such as the Albany and Southern Districts junior associations, the Armadale junior footy club and the Mandurah Basketball Association really benefit from the increased registrations and having more of the local community participating," the Minister said


    "Broome is fairly new to KidSport but is now really hitting its straps with more than 800 children joining local clubs through the program."


    Fact File

    • KidSport families can receive up to $200 assistance for club registration fees and uniforms per season per sport, per child
    • Registration fees are received by local governments and passed to sports clubs
    • Nearly 63% of all KidSport recipients have never been a member of a club before
    • The top sports are Australian Rules football, netball, basketball, athletics, hockey and gymnastics
    • Broome has distributed 1,194 KidSport vouchers worth more than $115,000 to about 800 kids
    • The top sports in Broome are basketball (309 kids) and netball (176 kids)

    Minister's office - 6552 5500


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