To be eligible to receive financial assistance through SilverSport, an applicant must:
- Be aged 60 years or older;
- Have a valid health care card or pensioner concession card; and
- Be a current resident of the participating local government.
SilverSport application forms are available through the participating local governments. You can get hard copies at your local government administration building, recreation centres and libraries or download a PDF version to print at home from their websites.
Each local government can also provide you with a list of approved clubs, gyms, groups and activities to become involved in. If your preferred activity is not on the list, suggest they get involved by becoming a SilverSport provider.
Click on your local government link to apply and start your SilverSport journey:
- City of Albany
- City of Bunbury
- Choose which activity you want to do and which SilverSport provider you wish to join.
- Complete the application form and submit this to your local government with a copy of your proof of age and Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card (more information about SilverSport Card Eligibility Requirements).
- The local government will assess your eligibility and contact you with an outcome within 10 working days.
- If your application is approved by your local government you can register for your chosen SilverSport activity.
- The SilverSport provider will invoice your local government for the cost of your fees up to $200.
- Maximum of $200 is available per person during the SilverSport pilot program.
- Applicants can apply multiple times, subject to available funding (up to $200 per person).
- SilverSport funding is only for the agreed season or program period.
- No retrospective fees will be paid.
Seniors increasing their physical activity should see a doctor for a health check before getting started.
Physical activity recommendations for older adults
Department of Health’s Physical Activity Recommendations for older Australians:
- Older people should do some form of physical activity, no matter what their age, weight, health problems or abilities.
- Older people should be active every day in as many ways as possible, doing a range of physical activities that incorporate fitness, strength, balance and flexibility.
- Older people should accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all, days.
- Older people who have stopped physical activity or who are starting a new physical activity should start at a level that is easily manageable and gradually build up the recommended amount, type and frequency of activity.
- Older people who continue to enjoy a lifetime of vigorous physical activity should carry on doing so in a manner suited to their capability into later life, provided recommended safety procedures and guidelines are adhered to.
For seniors choosing to get active in the water, remember to know your limitations and participate in supervised pools or beaches where possible.
More tips on water safety visit Royal Life Saving Society WA.
Other activities to get involved in
Seniors Recreation Council is recognised as the peak body for organisations supporting seniors’ involvement in sport and recreation. The not-for-profit organisation promotes healthy ageing through activity via various programs and information days. For a range of free, fun and friendly activities and to get involved as a participant or volunteer call 9492 9771 or visit the Seniors' Recreation Council website.
Volunteering with a sport or active recreation club or group
Volunteering gives you the opportunity to become an active member of your community, while helping others and yourself. Visit your local volunteer hub to find out how to get involved.
Albany and Regional Volunteer Service
The GWN Building
Unit 3, 57-59 Lockyer Avenue
Albany WA 6330
Telephone 08 9841 3588
Belmont-Canning Volunteer Gateway
City West Lotteries House
2 Delhi Street west Perth WA 6005
Telephone 9482 4322
Kalgoorlie Boulder Volunteer Centre
106 Burt Street Boulder WA 6432
Telephone 08 6001 7902
Kwinana Volunteer Centre
Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre (1st floor)
Cnr Chisham Ave & Robbos Way Kwinana WA 6167
Open Monday to Wednesday 9am–4pm
Telephone 08 92364314
Volunteer South West (Bunbury)
99 Victoria Street
Bunbury WA 6230
Open 9.30am – 2.30pm Mon – Fri
Telephone 08 9791 3214
Wheatbelt Volunteer Hub
Northam Recreation Centre, Peel Tce
PO Box 801, Northam WA 6401
Open Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30am–2.30pm
Telephone 08 96212143
Volunteering WA provides resources, services and support to help you find a volunteering opportunity that’s right for you. They will help you understand the nature and scope of the volunteering activity you’re signing up for and can support you along the way.
For more information on the SilverSport program please contact Sport and Recreation (WA).
Sport and Recreation (WA)
Telephone 08 9492 9700
Email SilverSport Team