$10m boost for program that gets kids into sport

MORE Gladstone kids will be playing club sports over the next three years with a $10 million boost to a popular sporting program.

Under the program, sports clubs can apply for grants between $300,000 and $1.5 million to fund new major sporting infrastructure in regional Queensland

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The Queensland Government will invest more than $80 million in the Get in the Game program - which provides $150 vouchers to help children join sporting clubs as well as infrastructure and equipment funding.

The money, which will be revealed in the state budget this month, will be spent over three years - setting aside $15 million for membership vouchers, $10.5 million for clubs for equipment grants and $33 million to upgrade facilities.

The grants for new sports infrastructure will total almost $23 million. They will go towards projects that meet regional and community needs.

Sport and Racing Minister Bill Byrne said the program would allow more people to live an active lifestyle and access community sporting groups.

"Hundreds of clubs throughout the state have received funding for club capacity projects to improve their facilities, buy equipment and support their members," he said.

Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher said the program was extremely popular with families actively seeking out information on how to apply.

"Local sport and recreation clubs not only promote the benefits of physical activity and a healthy wellbeing, they are a valuable asset to communities - to bring everyone together and create a friendly local environment," he said.

Junior clubs can cost hundreds of dollars to join but vary between codes and clubs.

Opening dates for upcoming rounds of each program are:

  • Get Started Vouchers: July 15
  • Get Going Clubs: August 3
  • Get Playing Places and Spaces: August 3
  • Get Playing Plus: September 1

For more information on all Get in the Game programs, visit http://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/getinthegame

- APN NEWSDESK



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