The Federal Government continues to support aspiring young sportspeople, with an opportunity for families across our region to apply for a Local Sporting Champions grant.

Local Sporting Champions provides financial assistance to athletes, coaches and officials aged from 12-18 years wanting to attend eligible state, national or international sporting championships.

“This is a terrific program which can help a family meet the costs associated with attending sporting competitions, with things like event entry fees, travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment”, Ms Ley said.

“It is vital we support younger people to be physically active, allowing them to benefit from the social connections and physical development which sporting participation provides.”

“For the more remote areas in Farrer, this is also about removing some of the barriers for a child chasing their sporting dream.”

Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said assisting families to engage in high level sporting competition would help meet the Morrison Government’s Sport 2030 plan to help more Australians be more active more often.

Funding for Local Sporting Champions starts at $500 per grant, with additional provisions for longer distance travel.

“Sport and physical activity is a valuable part of any child’s development, so this program is a great investment in the health of our nation.”

Local Sporting Champions has already delivered more than $30 million in grants to more than 52,000 young Australians.

Applications for the Local Sporting Champions program are open throughout the entire year, with four assessment periods. To be considered for the next assessment period, applications must be in by 30 September, 2019.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, please visit the sportaus website.