Lace up your boots and start stretching because the number of sports vouchers available to Queensland kids will grow from today.
New and improved FairPlay vouchers will be released from 31 July, followed by a nationwide-first $500 FairPlay+ voucher program next year.
Member for Cook Cynthia Lui said the increased number of vouchers available would help meet increased demand.
“After more than 1000 vouchers were claimed locally in the last round, we’re increasing our investment to encourage young Queenslanders to get active,” she said.
“Clubs like Mareeba Junior Rugby League and Cooktown Amateur Swimming do great work in our community and these vouchers will not only support our young athletes but their fantastic coaches, administrators and volunteers too.
Member for Cairns Michael Healy revealed that the Palaszczuk Government’s sport and active recreation strategy, Activate! Queensland, would break new ground in offering more families more options.
“Our $8.5 million investment now means cadet groups as well as community organisations which offer gym and fitness activities across Queensland are covered,” Mr Healy said.
“Paying for equipment, program fees, uniforms and transport can all add up, especially for kids that have a range of other challenges.
“We believe that no child should miss out on getting active with their friends for financial reasons and these vouchers go a long way to ensuring that.
“More than $58,000 has been granted to the Kangaroos Junior Rugby League Club which goes to show just how significant these vouchers can be.”
Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said your income shouldn’t determine your child’s ability to have fun, be healthy, and take part in sport.
“The Palaszczuk Government wants young people to develop healthy, active habits from an early age which they can sustain for life.
“Through Activate! Queensland we want to ensure that physical activity, sport and active recreation is available to everyone, regardless of age, gender, background, financial status or ability.”
Round one of FairPlay will open on 31 July this year, with round two opening in January 2020.