Sports Vouchers make a Splash!

As featured in the NT News on the 13th of February, 2014:

Territory parents have been quick to take advantage of new learn to swim classes offered under the Government’s $75 Sport Vouchers Scheme. Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing Matt Conlan said one swim school in Darwin had already received around 100 Vouchers in just two weeks.

“The response to expanding the $75 Sport Voucher Program to include learn to swim classes this year has been fantastic,” Mr Conlan said.

“To have 100 children already hand in their Vouchers to the NT Swim School in Coconut Grove is great to see. After learning to swim, these children can then go on and pursue swimming as a sport, which will help keep them fit and healthy.

“Learning to swim is a crucial life lesson and expanding the Sport Vouchers provides parents with more opportunity to ensure their children learn this important skill, no matter what their age.”
In addition to the $75 Sport Vouchers, the Government also funds the Water Safety Awareness Program, which provides five free swimming lessons to children under five.

In Darwin, the NT Swim School and the Goldfish Bowl swim school have registered to redeem the $75 Sport Vouchers while Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre has registered in the Centre. Owner of the NT Swim School, Hollie Goodall, said the inclusion of learn to swim classes in the 2014 Sport Vouchers scheme had been very popular with parents.

“It’s great for parents to have that extra incentive to teach their children this vital life skill. Swimming is a skill everyone should have and it’s a big added bonus you can now use the Vouchers on learn to swim classes –parents have been over the moon,” Ms Goodall said.

Territory sporting clubs and organisations have also been quick to sign up to $75 Sport Voucher scheme in 2014.

“Last year, we had a total of 183 different sporting clubs and organisations from 46 different sports register for the scheme. Now, in just the two weeks that the 2014 scheme has been operating, we’ve seen 105 different clubs and organisations from 33 different sports register to participate in 2014, which is fantastic,” Mr Conlan said.

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