The Department has produced a number of case studies highlighting areas of success.
These case studies can be accessed on the links below:
KidSport Case Study – Scouts WA
Scouts WA recognised the synergies between the organisation’s ambitions of development of well-rounded young people and the objectives of the Department of Sport and Recreation’s KidSport program early – with the provision of funding to ensure that all children have the opportunity to participate, regardless of financial circumstances.
Our primary objective is to offer a quality education program to all children and KidSport has helped us with this. It has meant we can reach all of our target kids; that the business of Scouting doesn’t get in the way of the game of Scouting.
Most Scout groups embraced KidSport in 2012 and experienced an impact on group numbers, either by attracting new children or by supporting existing scouts to continue.
KidSport made a significant difference to the Bullsbrook Air Scout Group which welcomed 17 new members and helped some current members with financial support. A number of the group leaders are single mothers, whose children have previously required some subsidy to meet fees. KidSport funding has given them a sense of independence and enabled them to participate more fully in Scouting activities.
KidSport is achieving a lot of things for us. It’s definitely assisting us with retention and growth and provides more certainty of income than we’ve had in the past. An unlooked-for benefit is that KidSport is also shoring up our volunteer base. I really can’t speak highly enough of it.
The outcomes of KidSport have been positive and broad-ranging, including:
- Extending the scouting offer to disadvantaged children.
- Assisting with membership retention.
If a child wasn’t able to pay, groups had to choose either to exclude that child or pay for that child themselves and none of our groups find it easy to exclude a child on that basis and so tended to absorb those costs. KidSport funding has relieved that pressure. It has contributed to the sustainability of individual groups by enabling them to devote those funds to improving the programs being offered.
Key lessons learned from Scout WA’s experience are to:
Ensure the full registration process is completed. In previous years, many scouting groups stopped after registering online, only to find that they were not fully registered and consequently not eligible for payment.
Encourage parents to apply for the KidSport vouchers as soon as possible, thus enabling the group to invoice the relevant LGA as quickly as possible.
Scouts WA has suggested that DSR could consider measures to help maximise the potential uptake of KidSport. For example:
- Peak bodies such as Scouts WA acting as administering agents. As a registered not-for-profit charitable organisation, Scouts WA has the capacity to administer the funds. This step could lighten the load for parents, groups, Scouts WA and local government authorities.
- While Scouts WA promotes KidSport to its members, DSR could consider having a Statewide registration day for parents, which may generate some more concentrated publicity for the program among eligible families.