Families are the big winners from this year’s record $401 million sport budget, with parents in NSW eligible for a $100 rebate to cover sporting club fees, including swimming lessons, for every school-aged child.

Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said an ‘Active Kids Rebate’ is the centrepiece of this year’s sport budget, with $207 million allocated for the program across the next four years to increase participation in sport.  “Quite simply, this budget will lower the cost for every school child to play sport, making sport more accessible and delivering back to families by reducing barriers to healthy activity,” Mr Ayres said. “Sport brings communities together and this budget aims to support participants at all levels – from grassroots clubs to elite athletes – along with making sure spectators have the best possible experience at our sporting venues.”

“We’re also rolling out more than 2,500 defibrillators to local sporting clubs across the state, through the $4 million over four years Local Sports Defibrillation Program. The initiative will transform spectators into first responders and ultimately save lives,” Mr Ayres said.

NSW Government Sport and Recreation Centres will share in a $6 million funding pool for upgrades, WIN Stadium Northern Stand will get a $5.4 million upgrade and every Surf Club across NSW will be eligible to share in a $4 million grants pool.