February 6, 2020

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan is encouraging aspiring young sportspeople to apply for Round Four of the Local Sporting Champion program by 31 March 2020.

The Morrison Government’s Local Sporting Champion program provides financial assistance to aspiring young athletes, coaches and officials between the ages of 12-18 attending eligible state, national or international sporting championships.

Mr Tehan said Local Sporting Champions, managed by Sport Australia, was an important initiative for talented young sportspeople and their families.

“Local Sporting Champions provides an opportunity for aspiring young athletes from across Wannon to participate in high-level competition and removes some of the barriers for children chasing their big sporting dreams,” Mr Tehan said.

The program supports families in meeting the costs associated with attending sporting competitions such as competition entry fees, travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment. Funding starts at $500 per grant, with additional provisions for longer distance travel.

It’s so important to support our young people to be physically active, so they can benefit from the social connection and development sport provides.

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.

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 31 March 2020.

Future rounds include:
• 2020/21 – Round 1 Applications open on the 1st April and close 30th June 2020; and
• 2020/21 – Round 2 Applications open on the 1 July and close 30 September 2020.

For more information on Local Sporting Champions grants, including the eligibility criteria and to apply, visit https://www.sportaus.gov.au/grants_and_funding/local_sporting_champions

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