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PARENTS WIN AND KIDS GET ACTIVE IN RECORD $401 MILLION SPORT BUDGET

Families are the big winners from this year’s record $401 million sport budget, with parents in NSW eligible for a $100 rebate to cover sporting club fees, including swimming lessons, for every school-aged child. Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said an ‘Active Kids Rebate’ is the centrepiece of this year’s sport budget, with $207 million allocated for the program across the next four years to increase participation in sport. “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,” Mr Ayres said. “The biggest sport and recreation budget on record will tackle childhood obesity, encourage active lifestyles and invest in both our major and community sporting facilities.” “Sport brings communities together and this budget aims to support participants at all levels – from grassroots clubs to elite athletes – along with making sure spectators have the best possible experience at our sporting venues.”