Supporting Active Kids for Active Communities

Labor believes that all children in Tasmania, no matter their financial circumstances should have the opportunity to enjoy sport and structured physical activity.

Active Kids — Active Communities

Children’s participation in sport and recreation is recognised as a critical part of building healthier and more engaged families and communities.

By joining in a sporting club, young Tasmanians and their families have a chance to engage with positive role
models, establish new friendships and become actively involved in their communities. However, Labor understands that all too often, the cost of membership fees and new equipment prevents some children from participating.

That is why, in our first year of Government, Labor will direct the Communities, Sport and Recreation Tasmania Division to establish a 12 month ‘Active Kids – Active Communities’ pilot program.

This program would provide registration fee relief for disadvantaged children who would have been otherwise prevented from joining a sport or recreation club because of their financial circumstances. The success of the program will be evaluated after the initial 12 month period with a view to extending the program into the future.

Targeted Support

The primary goal of ‘Active Kids — Active Communities’ is to ensure all children have access to their sporting and recreational clubs and to encourage families to engage with their local community.

Labor’s Investment

Labor will provide 1000 eligible Tasmanian children aged between 5 – 17 years of age with a $150 grant to join a registered sporting organisation in their local community. There will be no restrictions on the number of children per family that can be assisted.