Commencing on January 31, 2018, the NSW Government will allocate $207 million over four years to establish Active Kids which is a program to help NSW families meet the costs of getting their children into sport and fitness activities.
The government will provide vouchers valued at $100 which can be used for registration and participation costs for sport and fitness activities. This aims to reduce barriers and help improve physical activity behaviours in NSW children.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics found in 2015-16 that 27.4 per cent of children aged 5 to 17 were overweight or obese, with 74 per cent of children not getting enough physical exercise.
"Every dollar counts in the household budget and this is $100 back into the pockets of mums and dads so more kids can play sport.”Stuart Ayres, Minister for Sport
Given the ongoing health risks and costs associated with these trends, the NSW government has implemented a variety of programs to try and address the situation.
Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres, said the program was designed to benefit entire families. “We’re helping to ensure families don’t have to stretch their budgets and to ensure their kids are active and healthy,” Mr Ayres said.
Every child aged 4.5 to 18 years who is enrolled in school from kindergarten to Year 12 will be eligible, including those who are home-schooled or at TAFE.
Parents and guardians of children with disabilities or who live in remote areas may discuss their registration with the Office of Sport.
For Active Kids program info: CLICK HERE
Great local options
Sign-up with for Camden Haven AFL and it need not cost you a cent more. The rego is just $100 and training shirts and socks are all provided. All you need do is to turn up with your boots.
They are currently recruiting for mixed Under 11’s and Under 13’s, training starts on Monday, February 19 at 5pm, with training weekly on Mondays thereafter. Games on Sunday will start in early April.
For more about Camden Haven AFL CLICK HERE
A great activity for kids is martial arts; it teaches self-defence, discipline, self-esteem and determination as well as fitness.
Mid North Coast Karate has a class suitable for all ages and levels. Conveniently located at Kew, they offer the only fully-equipped, full-time Dojo in the Camden Haven.
For more about Mid North Coast Karate CLICK HERE