Financial aid initiative gives families
“We have a scanner for them to scan their concession card, a laptop and Wi-fi to do the online application at the clubrooms,” she said.
“The club has benefited greatly as we would not have the number of registered players that we have as some of our parents and caregivers are not able to afford the fees. It means that the kids don’t miss out on playing sport and the parents don’t have the financial burden of paying fees.”
Splitting the number of Kidsport grants between council areas revealed City of Wanneroo residents took the lion’s share.
City of Wanneroo parents have received more than 10,500 vouchers in the past six years, including 2800 last year.
The City of Swan had the next highest uptake with almost 8000.
Families without a healthcare card can apply for the vouchers if they demonstrate financial hardship, such as sudden loss of a job or recovery from a fire or flood.
As to be expected, the number of residents who use Kidsport is lower in areas of high income, such as the western suburbs where Mosman Park, Nedlands, Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove councils combined have just 75 applicants in the past year.
Outside Kidsport, many councils offer travel grants to players representing WA or Australia.
City of Swan children and students aged up to 25 can access $500 for international sports travel or between $100 and $200 for domestic competition.
“The Swan Cash Donations program supports individual endeavour in competitive activities including sport, culture and the arts,” Swan chief executive Mike Foley said.