Children get a kick out of sport

kidSport program pays off
kidSport program pays off

KidSport, part of the $20 million State Government initiative Sport 4 All, enables WA children to participate in community sport and recreation regardless of their financial circumstances.

It allows five to 18-year-olds to apply for up to $200 per calendar year to put towards club fees.

Since February 2012, the City of Joondalup has provided $183,000 of funding to 1187 kids, with about 34 per cent registering with a club for the first time and 403 new to a chosen sport.

‘Participation in sport and recreation has a broad range of benefits and having kids developing good habits early in life will go a long way towards enjoying healthy and sustainable lifestyles in the future,’ Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said.

The City of Joondalup is currently home to three WA sporting titles.

Joondalup Districts Cricket Club was crowned WACA first grade champions in March, the Wanneroo Wolves women’s team won the State Basketball League title in August and West Perth Football Club won the WAFL premiership in September.

‘It is very rare for three major State sporting titles to sit in the one location and residents of the City should be proud that these trophies are all in Joondalup,’ Mr Pickard said.