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It’s game on for Lola thanks to FairPlay

14 September 2020

Nine-year-old Lola had given a number of sports a go including swimming, touch football and jujitsu, but she always wanted to try netball.

“I like that it’s a team sport and you have different positions to play,” Lola says.

But as many parents know, the cost of lots of extracurricular sports can start to add up.

“Each activity can cost a few hundred dollars for a season,” said Lola’s dad Matt.

Thanks to the FairPlay program, the family was able to save a lot when enrolling Lola in a local netball team.

Eligible parents, carers or guardians can apply for a FairPlay voucher valued up to $150 for their child, which can be used towards sport and active recreation membership, registration or participation fees with registered activity providers.

Matt says that it was a great incentive to committing to the sport.

“Sometimes you enrol kids in sports and they lose interest quickly. Having the voucher meant we didn’t have as much of an investment upfront,” he said.

Matt said applying for the FairPlay voucher was simple.

“It took five minutes to apply for, and saved us $150,” he said.

Lola has been playing netball for a few weeks now, and loves it.

“It’s really fun, and keeps me happy and healthy,” she says.

This year, the FairPlay program has been extended to allow up to 73,000 young people to access vouchers as part of a Queensland Government funding initiative to support families and sporting clubs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find out more about the FairPlay program.