THE sting of hefty upfront starting costs has been soothed by South West Sport.
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Since the launch of the organisation’s Sports Bank last month, 21 families have been supported by the initiative.

The Sports Bank offers a no-interest loan for equipment, uniforms, registration fees, travel costs and training courses.

South West Sport program manager Lorraine English said the bank had so far helped 26 individuals for a variety of sports, including karate, Auskick and calisthenics.

Larissa Johnstone is one mother who has benefited from the assistance.

“Like many families and individuals, Larissa faced the problem of a large upfront payment for her two teenage children to participate in their chosen activity,” English said.

Larissa’s daughters, Alana and Tahalia, were invited to join the Netball Victoria Academy program.

“As a single mum, the joy of the girls being selected in the academy was soon outweighed by the reality that I could not afford the upfront cost for them to participate,” Johnstone said.

“Sports Bank has allowed both the girls to be part of something they have always wanted and I have been able to budget the costs across a period of time.”

Recipients of Sports Bank assistance must be in receipt of Centrelink payments, such as family or disability allowances.

Healthcare and low-income card holders are also eligible.

Repayments are made through fortnightly Centrelink deductions to suit individual budgets.

“This has allowed many families and individuals to pay the upfront fees and buy necessary sporting equipment that they would not normally have been able to afford,” English said.

For more information about Sports Bank, contact Lorraine English on 55611689 or visit www.southwestsport南京夜网.au and follow the links.

The application form can also be downloaded from the website.

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