University students are struggling to pay for team sports without government subsidies, according to a leading academic.

The NSW government reduced the $100 Active Kids and $100 Creative Kids vouchers in January this year, combining the two incentives into a $50 benefit.

This benefit only applies to young Australians, whereas 53% of adults participate in paid sports across Australia.

Distinguished Professor of Public Health Anthony Okely said the vouchers were a great financial incentive for low socio-economic families.

“It’s a great scheme and I would like to, obviously, see it continued and back-up to the levels where it was before, but perhaps it can be means tested,” Prof. Okely said.

University of Wollongong student Winston Neville said he would play another sport if the voucher was not limited to children.

“Why isn’t this an option for adults?” Mr Neville said.


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