Kids get active with vouchers

Thumbs up: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announcing the Active Kids program will double with two separate $100 vouchers earlier this year. Picture: AAP
Thumbs up: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announcing the Active Kids program will double with two separate $100 vouchers earlier this year. Picture: AAP

One in three eligible children in Fairfield have taken advantage of the state government's Active Kids program with more than a million vouchers created statewide since the start of this year.

Sport Minister John Sidoti said voucher downloads have been hugely popular for parents as they save money while keeping their kids active.

"Participation not only brings physical benefits but also builds confidence, resilience and leadership," Mr Sidoti said.

"I want to see kids play sport because when we nurture our grassroots, we reap the benefits as a society. It's a huge win for NSW to have these vouchers to contribute towards the costs of sports like swimming, dancing, netball, soccer, rugby or tennis."

In Fairfield, some of the most popular activities for girls in 2019 include dance, netball and swimming while for boys, soccer, martial arts and rugby league are attracting the most vouchers.

In total 7580 vouchers have been created locally with 56 per cent redeemed by boys and 44 per cent by girls.

Customer Service Minister Victor Dominello said NSW school-enrolled children have been able to access two $100 Active Kids vouchers, since July 1.

"We know sporting activities are popular with children but the costs can add to a household budget, which is why we introduced this program," Mr Dominello said.

"Parents simply love the program and have given it a 99.8 per cent customer satisfaction rating. We are committed to easing the cost of living for families and so far nearly $130 million has been saved by parents.

"By doubling the vouchers children can play both a summer and winter sport."

Details | sport.nsw.gov.au/activekids or call 13 13 02.