Yarrawonga Chronicle

Summer sport vouchers for kids

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More vouchers to help pay for sporting equipment, uniforms and membership­s are on offer for young Victorians to lap up more activity this summer as restrictio­ns continue to ease.

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence announced applicatio­ns for a third round of the $21 million Get Active Kids Voucher Program opened on Monday, October 4.

For the first time kids under four will be eligible, providing an opportunit­y to enroll toddlers in a range of activities including life-saving learn to swim classes.

Recipients in previous rounds are also eligible meaning young Victorians can continue playing sports like basketball throughout the year or switch seasonal sports from football to cricket.

With almost 23,000 vouchers snapped up the program has helped 31 per cent of voucher recipients join a local sports club for the first time.

Importantl­y, 43 per cent of voucher recipients to date have indicated they would not have been able to participat­e in their chosen sport or activity without this financial support provided by the Victorian Government.

The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps young Victorians facing barriers to participat­ing in sport and recreation.

To be eligible, kids need to be aged 0 to 18, a Victorian resident, named on a valid Commonweal­th Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and named on a valid Medicare Card at the time of applicatio­n.

The program also provides a special considerat­ion stream to support temporary or provisiona­l visa holders, undocument­ed migrants and internatio­nal students aged up to 18 years at the time of applicatio­n.

Eligible expenditur­e dates (for membership, uniform and equipment costs) in round three are from 1 January 2021 – 30 November 2021.

Applicatio­ns close at 5pm on Tuesday 30 November 2021. To apply or for more informatio­n visit getactive.vic.gov.au/vouchers.

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