Football Victoria have welcomed the Victorian Government’s $45.2 million funding announcement on Sunday, which will help families with the cost of community sport for next year.
The funding boost includes a $21 million support program that will help up to 100,000 children with their participation costs, for their community sport of choice.
The Get Active Kids Voucher Program provides $200 vouchers to help families with the cost of sports uniforms, equipment or memberships.
Thousands of football players across Victoria are set to benefit from the initiative, after a year of very little activity on the park.
Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence understands the challenges families will face, as young people begin to return to the activities they enjoy.
“Every child deserves the chance to be active and healthy – but especially after this year – and these vouchers will help families afford the sports their kids love.”
FV Interim CEO Kimon Taliadoros was delighted with the announcement, believing the payment will make a significant difference for those that most need it.
“This commitment will help to ease the financial burden for Victorian families, as we start to return to a COVID normal way of life. We know that community sport has a huge role to play, for the mental and physical wellbeing of everyone involved at our Clubs.
“This initiative has been very warmly welcomed by our football community. So many families have been heavily financially impacted by the pandemic and this payment will assist many to take part in 2021 competitions, that otherwise may not have been able to.”
The payments are expected to be made available by next year, with Football Victoria to release more information on eligibility criteria in the coming months.