Vouchers To Give Kids In Yarra Ranges & Knox a Sporting Chance

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with levelling the playing field with vouchers worth up to $200 each available for our state’s most vulnerable families to put towards the cost of their kids playing the sports they love.

Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today encouraged eligible families in Monbulk to take advantage of the $21 million Get Active Kids Voucher Program, which is rolling out up to 100,000 vouchers across four rounds from 1 March 2021.

A Victorian first, the program provides sport vouchers to help kids from Victorian families with the cost of membership and registration fees, sports equipment and uniforms.

To be eligible kids need to be 4 to 18 years old, a resident in Victoria, named on a current Australian Government Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and also named on a valid Australian Government Medicare Card at the time of application.

The program is also supporting sport clubs and active recreation providers broaden their memberships, providing them with additional revenue to help recover from the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Get Active Kids Voucher Program is part of the Get Active Victoria initiative, which is helping families to move more, every day with ideas, tips and tools to motivate and support people to be more active– like guided workout videos, articles and a free activity tracker. Get Active Victoria has something for everyone regardless of their level of activity or fitness.

It’s part of a package that also includes the $24.2 million Active Schools Program, delivering more opportunities for kids to get more active both at school, home and in the community, because active kids are not just happy, healthy and resilient kids, but they are better able to focus in class.

Applications for vouchers in round one of the program open 1 March 2021 and close 11 April 2021. To apply online or for more information about the program including dates for future rounds visit https://www.getactive.vic.gov.au/ 

Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP

“The Get Active Kids Voucher Program is a great opportunity for eligible families to get their kids in to local sport without breaking the budget.”

“Grassroots sports clubs in Monbulk are the heart and soul of our community bringing people together and creating healthier, happier, and more united communities, our vulnerable kids deserve to be a part of this.”

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