Wow, some good news for parents. Congratulations to the Government on a great initiative to help address the low physical activity levels of our children and adolescents and the obesity problem.

The NSW Government will allocate $207 million over four years to establish Active Kids. Active Kids is a program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities.

The NSW Government will provide a rebate through a voucher system to parents/guardians of school enrolled children. The $100 voucher can be used for registration and participation costs for sport and fitness activities.

The initiative will reduce the barriers to participation and help change the physical activity behaviours of children and young people in NSW.

To read more about the eligibility, commencement, guidelines, administration and application procedures please click here.

A word of warning though, whilst the rebate will help families of active children financially, research suggests that this alone is not enough. Please read the following previous posts of ours to see why this is an important point to remember for your children’s health

Organised sport doesn’t effect sedentary time in youths

Sport and Activity during childhood and adolescence