AFL NSW/ACT welcomes Active Kids Rebate
AFL NSW/ACT CEO, Sam Graham has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement today of the ‘Active Kids Rebate,’ to come into effect on 1 January 2018.
From 1 January 2018, parents will be able to claim up to $100 per school aged child, per calendar year, to reduce the cost of sport registration or membership fees for after-school, weekend and school holiday sport, and active recreation activities.
“Today’s announcement is great news for all sports and families in New South Wales, but in particular AFL and our growing community of both boys and girls playing footy in our region,” said Graham.
“This initiative makes our game even more accessible and affordable for families. Whether it’s Auskick, junior footy or one of the many other AFL programs on offer, more kids can play footy and stay healthy and active.”
New South Wales Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the ‘Active Kids Rebate’ is the centrepiece of this year’s sporting budget, with $207 million allocated for the program across the next four years, to increase participation in sport.
Ayres said the annual rebate will not be means tested and is available for every school child wanting to get involved in community sport and fitness.
“Quite simply, this budget will lower the cost for every school child to play sport, making sport more accessible and delivering back to families by reducing barriers to healthy activity,” said Ayres.
To date, the number of school aged boys and girls participating in AFL across New South Wales has increased by approximately 10% since 2016.