SilverSport has supported over 2600 eligible seniors to apply for financial assistance to contribute towards sport club memberships or physical activity program fees.
SilverSport was a pilot project available from 1 April 2017 until 31 December 2017 in the local governments of:
Previously available from 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2017 in the local governments of:
SilverSport seniors have each accessed up to $200 for sport and active recreation activities such as swimming, bowls, tennis, joining a gym, golf and more.
With the completion of the pilot, Sport and Recreation (WA) is working with local governments to support all participants to continue their activity where possible or transition into other free or low-cost local options.
SilverSport assisted seniors to increase their physical activity, improve their health and wellbeing and connect with their community.
“This program provides a two-fold advantage for people who are older. This program is helping social interaction while doing physical activity.”
“Thank you for the chance to get fitter and improve my mental health. I recommended my older sisters join and I have seen an improvement in them as well.”
“Swimming has helped me lose weight to control my diabetes”
“This program is a great idea, I feel cared for.”
Applicant eligibility criteria
To have received financial assistance through SilverSport, an applicant had to:
- Be aged 60 years or older;
- Hold a valid health care card or pensioner concession card; and
- Be a current resident of the participating local government.
Applicants applied for funding to participate in activities delivered by registered SilverSport providers. These included clubs, community organisations, businesses and recreation centres delivering sport or active recreation for a minimum of four regular sessions or classes (not once off activities).
- Maximum of $200 was available per person during the SilverSport program.
- Applicants could apply multiple times but only up to $200 per person.
- SilverSport funding was only for the agreed season or program period. No retrospective fees could be covered.
Provider eligibility criteria
Eligible SilverSport providers had to have:
- A valid Australian Business Number (ABN) or submit a Statement by Supplier Not Quoting an ABN Form from the Australian Taxation Office.
- Be covered by a current Public Liability Insurance policy.
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.
The Heart Foundation offers useful resources and tools for health professionals promoting physical activity in patients with cardiovascular disease and considerations for heart health.
Injury Control Council of WA
The Stay On Your Feet program promotes the importance of older adults moving their body, improving their health and removing hazards to prevent slips, trips and falls. Information will assist in reducing the risk of falls amongst older adults living in the community.
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.
For more information on the SilverSport program please contact Sport and Recreation (WA).
Sport and Recreation (WA)
Telephone 08 9492 9700
Email SilverSport Team