Sports rebates for families

    Matt with young cricketers Ryan and Aiden O’Connor at the Berowra Cricket Club
    Matt with young cricketers Ryan and Aiden O’Connor at the Berowra Cricket Club

    The NSW State Government is committed to helping families with their bottom line. From January 1st, 2018 parents will be able to claim a $100 Active Kids Rebate for every school aged child to be used towards sporting classes or registrations.

    A number of sports such as netball, football, basketball or swimming lessons; as well as other fitness or physical activities such as gymnastics or athletics will be eligible for the rebate. The NSW Government understands for many families’ registration fees can add up, especially if you have multiple kids involved in sport. This will put more money in your pocket every year.

    If your kids haven’t played sport, maybe now’s the time to consider it. The summer season of sport has just started and I dropped into the Berowra Cricket Club, my old club, to see how the kids were going. Tristan Jones the Junior Coordinator encourages junior players aged five to 16 to join the friendly community club.

    “Our coaches pride themselves on teaching kids a love of the game, rather than worrying about winning premierships,” said Terry Jones.

    “Whilst it’s nice to have a few wins during the season, it’s more about ensuring that our kids learn the values of good sportsmanship and the traditions of the game, whilst also developing their own individual skills.”    

    Team sports help children learn valuable skills such learning to co-operate with others and helps build friendships outside of school. It also helps both yourself and your child get involved in the local community.

    Many of these clubs have been in the Hornsby area for a long time. Mt Colah Football Club has recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. It’s a supportive club which often sees children playing together for many years. The Ku-ring-gai Netball Association has also been around for a long time, celebrating 50 years this year. It started with 520 registered players which has grown to over 3,600 players and 18 clubs. Kids can start from age six in the Net Set Go modified game, before progressing to full games.

    The Premier’s priority is to reduce childhood overweight and obesity rates by five per cent over 10 years, a position I support 100%. I know this rebate will assist those parents whose children are already involved in sport and hopefully will encourage those who aren’t to get out and have a go. For more information go to

    I would finally like to wish all Hornsby residents a Merry Christmas. Christmas is a time of giving and I would like to encourage everyone to take this opportunity to give back to the Hornsby community. There are some wonderful charities such as Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Women’s Shelter which relies on generous donations from the community to continue to offer their services. Why not make a donation in a loved one’s name in lieu of a gift? I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I’m looking for a bigger and better year in 2018!

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