Funding available to help children join sport

Is your child missing out on sport because you can’t afford the fees? A State funding program called Get Started could help you.

Burdekin Shire Council Economic and Community Development Manager Tony Vaccaro said the Get Started program was devised to support sport and recreation at a grassroots level.

“This program helps children and young people who can least afford the costs of playing sport,” he said. “Get Started is open to children and youth from aged five through to 18 who hold or whose parent, carer or guardian holds a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card and are residents of Queensland.

“It’s a great way for struggling families to get their children into sport.”

Mr Vaccaro said Round Two of the program opened at 10am on Monday, July 15, 2013 for online voucher applications.

“The vouchers are allocated to applicants on a first come, first served basis and Burdekin Library Services Manager John Scott will be available to help residents apply for this funding,” he said.

“Residents can call John to make a time when they can come in to work on the application.”

Mr Vaccaro said a maximum of $150 was available to help pay participation fees.

“It works on a voucher system, so the funds are paid direct to sporting and recreation clubs.

“Sport and recreation clubs will need to register with Get Started to be able to accept Get Started vouchers.”

Applications close on October 15, 2013, or earlier if the allocation is fully subscribed. Vouchers expire on November 15, 2013, and clubs can redeem the vouchers online until November 30, 2013.

For full details about Get Started go to www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/getinthegame

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