GET INTO SPORT: Netball is one of Gympie’s many popular sport. The government has announced spending to get more people into sport.
GET INTO SPORT: Netball is one of Gympie’s many popular sport. The government has announced spending to get more people into sport. James Loose

Sports participation funding to get Australians off couch

THE Federal Government will unveil a new way to support 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.

Health and Sport Minister Sussan Ley has announced more than $22 million will be invested in sports participation in 2015/16 as part of the Federal 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 grassroots participation.

It comes on top of the $100m Sporting Schools participation plan, now taking applications at http://www.sportingschools.gov.au.

Ms Ley also announced almost $100 million would be invested into Australian National Sporting Organisations for high performance in 2015/16, focusing on those sports into the Rio 2016 Olympics, with another $12m 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 focused on grassroots participation through to our elite athletes," she said.

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