It’s that time of year where the winter sports season is coming to an end and sign-on for summer sports is kicking off.
Baseball, cricket and other clubs are starting to run pre-season sign-on days and camps. Of course, there are so many other great sports that run all year round such as tennis, swimming, athletics, gymnastics, martial arts and more.
Even though sport is highly beneficial for kids, unfortunately the cost can be prohibitive for some families. Most sports require a set up cost including club registration, uniforms and equipment.
To help out families who may be struggling to afford a sport or recreational activity for their child, the Queensland Government offers a great initiative called Get Started Vouchers.
Essentially, a Get Started Voucher gives an eligible recipient $150 towards the cost of joining a sport or active recreational club.
To be eligible you must be 5-17 years and be listed on a Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card. Only one voucher is permitted per child, per calendar year.
The Get Started Vouchers can only be redeemed at participating clubs, however there are loads across Queensland. You can use the club locator to search by activity or suburb.
Get Started Vouchers are released in rounds, with Round 10 currently open. This round will close on 27th September or when allocation is exhausted. So you better get in quick!
Round 11 will be open for application on the 24th January 2018. Keep in mind vouchers do have an expiry date and must be presented to a registered club within approx. three months.
Visit the Queensland Government website for more information or to apply for a Get Started Voucher.