MORE seniors will have the chance to be active after the State Government decided to allocate $300,000 to expand the popular SilverSport pilot program to three new areas.
The program is being piloted in Kwinana, Belmont, Northam and Kalgoorlie-Boulder/Coolgardie for people aged 60 years and over.
SilverSport gives up to $200 towards fees, uniforms and equipment needed for eligible senior’s sport and recreation activities.
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Paul Miles said the cost of sport and recreation often prevented seniors from participation.
“WA has quality sporting facilities, a strong club system and a natural landscape to inspire activity and this initiative encourages seniors to get active and removes financial barriers,” he said.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said more than 700 people had already received funding to join a sport and active recreation program.
“For those eligible seniors, giving them the opportunity to be active not only helps their physical wellbeing but can also be of enormous benefit for their mental wellbeing,” Ms Davies said.
“It also encourages them to make new friends and helps them stay connected to the community.”
The program is administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities.