More Aussies will be supported to get active and enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity thanks to the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) Play Well participation grants. Paddling will be a significant beneficiary of the grants. 

Funding has been announced for the latest round with 69 projects greenlit, with $10.3 million driving more participation in sport.

ASC CEO Kieren Perkins OAM said that the initiatives being supported will now reach even more Australians after receiving an additional $17.3 million in the 2024-25 Federal Budget to extend the program for a further two years.

“Thanks to the Australian Government, this vital program has already helped more than 500,000 participants and can continue to make it easier for even more Australians to get active.”

“Creating great sporting environments is central to the nation’s first Sport Participation Strategy and these projects will help us in our goal to transform sport participation ahead of and beyond Brisbane 2032 so that everyone feels welcome.”

The Strategy calls on Australians to Play Well and create safe, welcoming and fun sporting environments where people of all ages, backgrounds, genders and abilities can come together to access the benefits of sport.

More information on the Participation Grant program and a list of successful recipients is available on the ASC website.

Paddle Australia will use the Play Well grant allocation to invest in its Education and Training Program Participation Expansion Project.

Paddle Australia operates a successful range of education and training programs (ETPs), delivered by 1,700 qualified leaders to over 117,000 individuals in 2023. 

The delivery of ETPs to date has been mainly through paddle clubs and the outdoor education sector. More recently, the ETPs have been successfully piloted with a limited number of commercial providers, who service a large and expanding market.

Paddle Australia CEO Phil Jones said: “We thank the Australian Government, through the Australian Sports Commission, for their continued investment in paddling participation.

“Through developing the number of partners, especially commercial providers, and the qualified people delivering our Education Training Programs, we will expand the places for everyone to participate in our programs, continuing to build a safe, healthy, and engaged paddling community,” he said.

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