Local sporting clubs welcomed the news the NSW government will help fund sporting registration fees.
As part of the state budget announced on Wednesday, the government will offer a $100 rebate per school-aged child for sports registration or swimming lessons.
Armidale Horse and Pony Club secretary Antoinette Vanderheul said the new initiative will help encourage kids to joining a sports club or team.
“Parents can sometimes be deterred from registering their child in organised sports because of the costs involved,” she said.
“It is really great to see the government supporting children in sport and hopefully it boosts participation numbers in the region.
“We always love to welcome new members to our club and hopefully this will encourage more young riders to sign up.”
Along with the rebate, $4 million was allocated to rollout defibrillators at sports clubs.
“As we know sport is accessible to all age groups and this program will assist in keeping more people alive as they can be treated faster than emergency services can respond,” Sport NSW chief executive officer Darren Simpson said. These announcements come as part of a record $400 million contribution to sport and recreation programs.