KidSport makes its mark

Participating: Donnybrook Football Club juniors get a pep talk.LOCAL junior sports clubs will be given a boost again this year with funding through KidSport.

Since the program was implemented just over 18 months ago, almost 60 new participants have joined one of the local sporting clubs. All this was made possible through KidSport funding.

KidSport is a partnership between the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and the Department of Sport and Recreation and aims to get more children involved in sport.

Children who previously may not have been able to take part in sport and recreation due to financial constraints will be eligible for membership fee subsidies of up to $200 a year.

There is no limit to the number of children per family.

Without assistance from the KidSport program these children might not have been able to compete this year.

“It’s fantastic to see the KidSport program give our children the opportunity to not only participate in sport and recreation, but to excel in it,” Shire president Steve Dilley said.

“Every child should be given the opportunity to participate in sport and recreation regardless of their financial background. Participating in sport not only makes our children happier and healthier, it brings the community closer together and strengthens us as a whole.”

The state government, through the Department of Sport and Recreation and the shire, is funding KidSport as part of the $20 million Sport 4 All package over the next four years.

The package includes an investment of $10m in KidSport and $4m into assisting clubs to attract, train and retain volunteers through the Community Volunteer Project.

People who are eligible include those with Health Care Cards or Pension Concession Cards, or those who are referred by recognised referral agents, including community organisations and leaders, such as juvenile justice teams, the police, principals and health and education officials.

Local winter junior sporting clubs are gearing up for another season, and families are encouraged to enrol children to play one of the many sports on offer.

The process is simple. Parents/guardians pick up an application form from their local sports club, the shire office or download one from

u/Community/KidSport and submit it to the shire.

For further information contact community recreation development officer Deb Vanallen on [email protected], or call 9780 4234.

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