Fi­nan­cial aid ini­tia­tive gives fam­i­lies

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Local Sports Stars -

“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.

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