Barossa, Light and Lower North sporting clubs have taken home a significant share of vouchers offered by the State Government to assist families with the costs of playing sport.
Almost 6,000 of the more than 100,000 vouchers issued have gone to clubs in those regions.
The program has saved families across the State more than $5 million and attracted more youngsters to sports.
It allows every primary school student to claim a voucher, which is used as a $50 subsidy towards the cost of a sports club fee or membership.
More than 1400 clubs and organisations across the state have accepted the voucher with the three most popular sports being football, Little Athletics and netball. Twenty per cent of primary school-aged girls claimed a voucher, highlighting the continued growth in popularity of women’s sport.
The sports voucher program was launched in March 2015 as part of a State Government commitment to help children play their favourite sport at a discounted price.
In the Barossa, Light and Lower North the top clubs to have accepted vouchers are:
- S.A.N.F.L - 754
- Gawler Gymnastic Club - 273
- Tanunda Football Club - 216
- Gawler Central Sporting Club - 201
Participation in sport and recreation improves the fitness and health of children, and provides a fun, safe and social environment that contributes to our thriving South Australian community.
The program aims to reduce the cost of living for South Australian families and attract more young people to participate in sport.
For more information about the sport voucher program visit www.sportsvouchers.sa.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell
We’re seeing huge numbers of primary school students join sporting clubs across the State – and a big part of this growth is because of our sports vouchers program helping to make their favourite sports affordable.
I’m particularly delighted to see regions like the Barossa, Light and Lower North showing such a strong uptake of the grant – participation in sport is so important for children in our regions – and quite often regional clubs are the starting point for our sporting stars of the future.
We want to help our next generation of elite athletes progress through the ranks, and assisting them to get a start by discounting the fees that come with sporting clubs, has a big impact.