NT preschoolers encouraged to take advantage of sports voucher scheme
The Northern Territory Government has announced a continuation of the popular sports voucher scheme which supports families to meet the cost of participating in more than 250 local sport, cultural, drama and musical activities for children from preschool age to Year 12.
The vouchers are available to every child enrolled in school from preschool to Year 12, including home-schooled children, with three strands of program supported:
- Urban sport vouchers – families with children enrolled in urban schools are entitled to a $100 sport voucher each semester to help with the cost of their child participating in a chosen sport, active recreation or cultural activity.
- Remote sport vouchers – under the remote program, regional councils or Aboriginal corporations undertake remote community consultation to identify activity preferences. The NT Government then funds registered activity providers to deliver the programs to remote communities.
- Learn-to- swim – provides children aged birth to five years of age who are not enrolled in preschool or school with two $100 vouchers each semester to assist in reducing the cost of participating in water safety programs.
The Territory’s minister for sport, Kate Worden, said the Government was committed to supporting parents and guardians to meet the cost of sporting and other activities, which allows children to try new things and learn new skills.
For more information on the scheme visit www.sportvoucher.nt.gov.au/apply.
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