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With kids now dusting off their cricket bats and pulling out their togs for the summer sport season, families are being encouraged to take advantage of the hugely popular Active Kids and First Lap Voucher programs to keep local kids active, healthy, and having fun without increasing the pressure on family budgets.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said thousands of families in the Tamworth Electorate had already taken advantage of the vouchers and with cost of living continuing to rise, now was the time for even more families to take advantage of the offer.

“Sport and swimming are so important to the development of our kids, keeping them active and healthy, particularly through the summer months when backyard cricket returns and our pools re-open,” Mr Anderson said.

“Signing your child up for sport now ensures they have the opportunity to make new friends in a different environment while learning some important skills and staying healthy.

“Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the NSW Government’s offer to cover the costs of registration fees.”

School-enrolled children in NSW can access two $100 Active Kids vouchers each year towards the cost of sport and active recreation fees.

The First Lap program provides families of eligible NSW children aged 3-6, not enrolled in school, with one $100 voucher to offset the costs of swimming lessons.

Minister for Sport Alister Henskens said the NSW Government continues to invest in local communities to help young families stay active and healthy.

“Whether it’s dancing, cricket or learning how to swim, our Active Kids and First Lap vouchers make it easier for young kids all over NSW to have access to even more ways to stay happy and healthy,” Mr Henskens said.

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said NSW families have embraced the Active Kids and First Lap programs, as part of more than 70 Government savings to help ease cost of living and boost household budgets.

“I encourage NSW families head to the Service NSW website or app and create their child’s vouchers today,” Mr Dominello said.

“Improvements to the application and redemption process for parents and providers, including a digital version of the voucher on the Service NSW app, will be available in the future.”

More information on Active Kids and First Lap is available here.

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