28 April 2016
From 1 July this year, Kwinana residents over 60 years old can apply to receive up to $200 towards active recreation. SilverSport is a trial program administered by the Department of Sport and Recreation that aims to increase physical activity amongst seniors.
SilverSport can cover costs associated with sport club memberships or physical activity program fees of up to $200 per person up until 30 June 2017– subject to available funding. To be eligible for SilverSport, residents must be Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holders.
Eligible residents can apply to receive funding toward a range of physical activities including swimming, bowls, group fitness classes, walking groups, gym memberships, yoga or Pilates.
“This is a fantastic incentive for older residents to get back into a physical activity they have not participated in for a while, or even try something completely new,” said Kwinana Mayor, Carol Adams.
“We are lucky to have a great selection of recreational clubs and fitness activities available to us in Kwinana. For example SilverSport could be used toward membership with the Hope Valley Badminton Club, or a Senior’s Fitness Program at the recently refurbished Kwinana Recquatic.”
SilverSport is based on the State Government’s successful KidSport program. The pilot program will initially be rolled out for residents of City of Kwinana, City of Belmont, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder (including Shire of Coolgardie) and Shire of Northam.
“Inspired by the success of KidSport – which has helped thousands of WA children join a club and get active – we hope SilverSport encourages eligible people 60 and over to get moving and perhaps explore a new activity,” said Ron Alexander, Director General of the Department of Sport and Recreation.
“We know that being active not only helps your physical health but it does positive things for your mental and emotional health too, which as we age is a great thing.
“I’d also encourage seniors in Kwinana to use this program as an opportunity to meet new people, have some fun and make the most of the wonderful facilities and natural landscape we have.”
Clubs, community organisations, recreation centres or businesses running sport and active recreation activities need to register as SilverSport providers before they can accept SilverSport applicants. Interested clubs should contact the City of Kwinana to register.