COVID-19 financial support for Mandurah sports

Mandurah MP David Templeman with Marines netball players. Photo: Supplied.
Mandurah MP David Templeman with Marines netball players. Photo: Supplied.

A new program will help get more Mandurah kids back into community sport as WA recovers from COVID-19, says Mandurah MP David Templeman.

The program, KidSport will enable an additional 24,500 children to access financial support to return or engage in sport, by offering financial assistance of up to $150 per year for club fees.

The program will be funded through a $5 million investment from the Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Mr Templeman said the vouchers would help local families cover the cost of club fees during a time of COVID-19 related financial hardship.

"KidSport vouchers will help many local families to deal with the costs of community sport at a time when household finances may be stretched, and get more kids back into local sport," he said.

"It'd be great to see eligible families in Mandurah applying for KidSport vouchers to give local kids the opportunity to get back on the court or out on the field following the easing of COVID-19 related restrictions.

"This funding helps our kids to get back into local sport and support our amazing local clubs."

The $1 million Club Support program will provide investment directly into community clubs through a $500 subsidy available to clubs registered with KidSport.

This subsidy will provide assistance with volunteer support and engagement, the purchase of additional equipment to support vulnerable participants and enable the club environment to remain COVID safe.

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To be eligible, children must be between 5 and 18 years and hold a valid health care card or concession card.

Families who have recently become eligible for a concession or health care card due to COVID-19 related financial hardship are encouraged to apply.

Applications can be made at KidSport or by phone at (08) 9492 9911.