The NSW Government is helping kids get active with the Active Kids program.
The Active Kids program provides two $100 vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards registration and membership fees for sport and active recreation each year.
From 1 July 2019, parents, guardians and carers can apply for the second $100 Active Kids voucher.
Voucher one is valid January to December and Voucher two is valid July to December.
The vouchers may be used with an approved Active Kids provider for registration and membership costs for sport and active recreation activities.
Why does the NSW Government want to get kids active?
Data from the NSW Population Health Survey shows that 71 per cent of children in NSW are not meeting the daily recommended level of physical activity, which is 60 active minutes each day. Further, 22 per cent of children aged 5-16 years are reported as being overweight or obese.
The Active Kids program, launched in 2018, is one of the NSW Government’s key initiatives contributing to tackling overweight and obesity rates. The program aims to increase participation of school-enrolled children in sport and physical activity by providing parents with vouchers to help cover the cost of registration and membership fees.
With 44 per cent of children spending more than two hours a day on sedentary leisure activities, the Active Kids program plays a crucial role in shifting physical activity behaviours of children and instilling healthy lifestyle habits.
From 1 July 2019, families will be able to access two separate $100 vouchers for each school-enrolled child. This means more kids can get involved in physical activity and learn healthy habits from a young age.