The Guernsey Sports Commission has launched a new Sports Voucher scheme to provide opportunities for children and young people to take part in sport where cost may be a barrier to them participating.
The aim of the Sports Voucher scheme is to ensure that every child and young person has equal access to opportunities to participate, compete and excel in sport, regardless of their socio-economic background.
‘We are delighted to be launching this voucher scheme which is being funded through the Active 8 Plan for Sport,’ said Jeremy Frith, the Commission’s Performance Director.
‘There is a wealth of evidence to support the fact that taking part in sport is good for your physical and mental health and wellbeing. It’s also fun and a great way to make friends and meet new people.
‘The Sports Commission believes that all children and young people should have the opportunity to experience these benefits, regardless of whether they can afford it or not,’ said Jeremy.
Vouchers can be issued by any professional working with children and young people. For example, a teacher, learning support assistant, social worker, youth worker, PE and Sport Development Officer etc.
The voucher will cover the cost of subscription for one full season of the chosen sport. The sport or club must be a member of the Guernsey Sports Commission.
‘We want to make sure that the vouchers are used for children and young people who currently don’t have the opportunity to take part in sport outside of school. As a guide we are saying that these children and young people should be eligible to claim uniform allowance, although we will offer some discretion in discussion with the professional who has completed the referral.
‘The professional should discuss with the child or young person which sport or club they would wish to join. We are happy to discuss options or contact relevant sports clubs or organisations, if required, and if any specific equipment or clothing is needed then we will see how we can help.
‘We are circulating information about the vouchers and how to use them to a range of organisations working with children and young people, but anyone who wants any more information can contact the Guernsey Sports Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org’
Further information is also available here