Fresh round of FairPlay vouchers on offer
Thousands of young Queenslanders from low-income families will get a helping hand to join their local sport or active recreation club under a fresh round of the State Government’s FairPlay vouchers.
The FairPlay vouchers offer a $150 contribution towards membership, registration or participation fees and must be redeemed with a registered Activity Provider by 10 November 2021.
The vouchers encourage participants to get back into physical activity following COVID restrictions and are part of Activate! Queensland 2019-2029, the Queensland Government’s 10-year strategy, designed to get more Queenslanders moving, more often.
More than 95,000 vouchers worth $14 million have been redeemed since the program began in mid-2019.
Brisbane Super Kings Cricket Club Founder Sathish Rajendran said the FairPlay vouchers absolutely helped out those parents who struggled with family budgets.
“Many of the kids coming to us through the program are either from families who have migrated recently or are from single parent households,” Mr Rajendran said.
“Lots of our community around Heathwood are from multicultural backgrounds, many of them recently arrived migrants. We are a multicultural club and the FairPlay vouchers help us attract members from the community.
“It offers people who might feel isolated to make those all-important social connections that help them settle in Australia.”
Brisbane Table Tennis Association Inc Manager Derek Scott said the FairPlay voucher program was undoubtedly a tremendous initiative, encouraging and supporting children from low-income families to take up sport.
“It’s important that kids don’t miss out, given the importance of sport to health and well-being. For us in table tennis, it’s great to attract new members to our sport,” Mr Scott said.
Parents, carers or guardians can apply for a voucher if their child is aged 5 to 17 years and they have a valid Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with the child’s name on it.
If the family is struggling financially but doesn’t have the relevant concession cards, they can apply through a registered referral agent.
People should go online to find the list of registered activity providers in their community and see what activity their child might like to try.
There are many activities to choose from including football, netball, hockey, paddle-boarding, calisthenics, canoeing, martial arts, cheerleading and abseiling that will help young Queenslanders stay fit and healthy and make new friends.
Physical activity providers across the state are registered and ready to receive Round 5 FairPlay vouchers. Voucher applications close on 29 September.
For more information, please visit www.qld.gov.au/fairplayvouchers