- $300,000 in funding expansion for SilverSport pilot program
- Opportunities for eligible seniors to get active
More seniors will have the chance to be active following the Liberal National Government's decision to expand the popular SilverSport pilot program.
Premier Colin Barnett announced the expansion of the SilverSport program to three additional areas during a visit to Have a Go Day celebrations being held in Perth today as part of WA Seniors Week.
SilverSport - based on the State Government's highly successful KidSport program - provides up to $200 towards fees, uniforms and equipment needed for eligible senior's sport and recreation activities.
The innovative program is being piloted in Belmont, Kwinana, Northam and Kalgoorlie-Boulder/Coolgardie for those aged 60 years and over.
"Due to its success, the Government will provide an extra $300,000 to expand SilverSport to three new areas," Mr Barnett said.
Seniors and Volunteering Paul Miles said the cost of sport and recreation often prevented seniors' participation.
"Western Australia has quality sporting facilities, a strong club system and a natural landscape to inspire activity and this initiative encourages seniors to get active and removes financial barriers," Mr Miles said.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said more than 700 people had already received funding to join a sport and active recreation program.
"For those eligible seniors, giving them the opportunity to be active not only helps their physical wellbeing but can also be of enormous benefit for their mental wellbeing, encourages them to make new friends and helps them stay connected to the community," Ms Davies said.
The program is administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities.
- Applicants with a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card can join a registered SilverSport program
- The fees of up to $200 per person will go directly to recognised SilverSport clubs, recreation centres, programs and businesses, through participating local governments
- For more information, visit http://www.dsr.wa.gov.au/funding/individuals
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Seniors and Volunteering Minister's office - 6552 6600
Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 5500