The Variety Every Chance to Play Grant pays junior sport registration costs for ACT kids in need.

Variety Every Chance to Play Grant applications for Winter 2019 are now closed.
Applications for the 2019/2020 Summer Season will open later in the year, date TBC

Grant applications can only be made by a Trusted Referrer. Applications to become a Trusted Referrer are now open.

Apply to Become a Trusted Referrer

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Variety – Every Chance To Play grant launch. Belconnen Basketball Stadium, Belconnen. 10 August 2018.
Photo: Bradley Cummings

About the Variety Every Chance to Play Grant

Half of Australia’s disadvantaged kids do not play any sport, missing out on many positive outcomes of sport including the development of teamwork and resilience, improved mental and physical health, building new friendships and social skills and higher self esteem.

The Variety Every Chance to Play Grant helps kids, who would otherwise be unable to participate in junior sport, to get out on the pitch or the court and enjoy the many benefits of being part of a team and community.

 

Get Involved

Applications for a Variety Every Chance to Play Grant are made by Trusted Referrers, who are people and organisations within the community who assist in finding kids who are not playing sport because of their family’s financial situation. Trusted referrers include teachers, social workers and health professionals.

Existing Trusted Referrers 

Applications are open throughout the year, however, deadlines will occur during the peak summer and winter seasons. Applications will open shortly. To be notified when applications are open, or for more information, email kidssupport@varietynsw.org.au.

Becoming a Trusted Referrer

An approved registered referrer will be entrusted and given the responsibility of identifying disadvantaged children that would benefit from connecting with a community sporting/recreational club or organisation.

Examples of disadvantage may include:

  • low socio-economic status
  • financial stress
  • jobless household
  • single parent/carer household
  • out of home care
  • family relationship breakdown

If you would like to register your organisation as a referral source, email us at kidssupport@varietynsw.org.au.

Families and members of the community

Are you a family member, friend or community representative of a child living in the ACT?

Applications for a Variety Every Chance to Play Grant are made by Trusted Referrers, who are people and organisations within the community who assist in finding kids who are not playing sport because of their family’s financial situation. Trusted referrers include

  • Community Service Organisation
  • Charity or Not For Profit
  • Educational Institution
  • Sporting Club
  • Recreational Organisation

As a first step, speak to the child’s local sporting club to see if they are registered and discuss the child’s application request. If they are not registered direct them to this page on our website or to our contact details here so they can speak to us for more information on how Variety may be able to support both the child and the club.

To find a list of current Trusted Referrers, click here Variety Every Chance to Play Referrer List

FAQs

Which sports registrations do you subsidise?
Our participating member sports are AFL, basketball, football, cricket, hockey, netball, rugby and rugby league.

Why are there only eight sports available?
We have partnered with the eight most played sports in the ACT to be able to quickly and simply register kids for 2018. We look forward to more sports joining as members. Our dream is to be able to register a child to play a variety of sports.

Why do you only sponsor ACT kids?
At this stage the Variety Every Chance to Play Grant is only available to ACT kids. Families that have a child at school in NSW can claim the Active Kids voucher

How do you assess whether a family is in need?
Our panel assesses each application according to our guidelines. Anonymity and dignity are key values.

History 

Every Chance To Play is a charity founded in 2017 by a diverse group of Canberrans with a mission to make junior sport accessible to all kids, including those from low-income households. In its first year, Every Chance To Play helped kids play Soccer, Rugby League, Basketball, Netball and Hockey by paying registrations fees.

In August 2018, Every Chance To Play merged with Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT, allowing even more kids to overcome financial barriers to reach their full potential in sport.

Become a Supporter of the Program

Don’t all kids deserve to follow their dreams, and be the best they can be? The children we support are facing bigger challenges than most. You can help them overcome these obstacles by becoming a financial supporter of the Every Chance To Play program.