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Supporting Pearce's Local Sporting Champions

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Local Sporting Champions continues to support aspiring young sportspeople with Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter encouraging families in in the local community to apply for the next round of the popular grants program by 30 September 2019.

The Federal Liberal Government’s Local Sporting Champions 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 Porter said the program, managed by Sport Australia, is an important initiative for talented young sportspeople and their families.

“Local Sporting Champions provides an opportunity for aspiring young athletes from Pearce to take part in high level competition,” Mr Porter said.

“This program supports families to meet the costs associated with attending sporting competitions, such as entry fees, travel, accommodation, uniforms and equipment.”

Local Sporting Champions continues to grow, with the Federal Liberal Government announcing a funding boost in 2018-19 of $11.8million over four years. Funding starts at $500 per grant, with additional provisions for longer distance travel.

Mr Porter said assisting families to engage in high level sporting would help more Australians to get active.

“Local Sporting Champions is about removing some of the barriers for children chasing their big sporting dreams,” Mr Porter said.

“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.”

Local Sporting Champions has already delivered more than $30 million in grants to more than 52,000 young Australians.

Applications for the Local Sporting Champions program are open throughout the entire year, with four assessment periods. The current round of applications must be in by 30 September, 2019.

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