Sports participation shake up to get Australians off the couch

The Australian Government will unveil a new strategic way of supporting participation in organised sports as part of a $134 million funding package.

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11 June 2015

The Abbott Government will unveil a new strategic way of supporting participation in organised sports as part of a $134 million funding package that will also focus on supporting high performance athletes in their charge to Rio.

Minister for Health and Sport Sussan Ley today announced over $22 million would be invested in sports participation in 2015/16 as part of the Abbott Government’s Play.Sport.Australia strategy.

This includes a new funding model that will, for the first time, allocate funds through a transparent category structure based on a sport’s performance in engaging and delivering grass roots participation.

It comes on top of the Abbott Government’s $100 million Sporting Schools participation initiative, which is currently taking applications at the Sporting Schools website.

Ms Ley also announced today almost $100 million would be invested into Australian National Sporting Organisations (NSOs) for high performance in 2015/16, with a particular focus on those sports leading into the Rio 2016 Olympics, with another $12 million to support athletes direct.

“It’s essential for the health of Australia that the Government continues to have a balanced approach to investment in sport focussed on grassroots participation right through to our elite athletes,” Ms Ley said.

“The Abbott Government’s commitment continues to invest in sports that can contribute to the growth of participation numbers and provide more people with access to the health and social benefits that sport provides,” Ms Ley said.

A total of 27 sports have had their overall investment allocation increased in 2015-16 to improve participation through Government and sporting bodies working together to get more Australians active.

“This model provides a simple and clear approach to investing in participation and ensures support is given to the greatest number of grassroots participants,” Ms Ley said.

“This investment, along with the $100 million commitment to Sporting Schools earlier this year, highlights the Government’s desire to deliver a healthier nation through providing more opportunities for Australians to participate in sport.”

Ms Ley said the high performance allocations to sports followed a rigorous assessment of each sport’s ability to deliver positive outcomes at the upcoming Rio Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.

“These grants represent the Government’s commitment to giving Australia’s elite athletes the best possible support as they prepare for the Rio Olympics and Paralympics next year and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018,” Ms Ley said.

“The investment in high performance sports reflects the robust approach that has been adopted under Australia’s Winning Edge game plan.”

Investment decisions are based on a set of principles and an evidence-based approach that assesses a sport’s ability to contribute to the ambitious targets set out in Winning Edge.

Ms Ley said the additional $12 million would be provided to more than 750 eligible athletes under the means tested direct athlete support program known as dAIS.

“The Government is proud that it has maintained the investment funding pool for sports and athletes in 2015-16 and that in partnership we can continue to see outstanding international performances as well as create more participation opportunities for Australians.”

For more information visit the Australian Sports Commission website.


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