Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones has enthusiastically endorsed the NSW Government’s decision to offer a new $100 rebate for the sporting and fitness-related costs of school children right across the state.

More than $200 million has been set aside across the next four years, with families able to claim the rebate on items such as sports registration and membership costs.

Mr Jones said the initiative would be of great benefit to budding young cricketers around NSW, with Almost 300,000 school-aged participants, of which almost 100,000 are girls.

“Cricket NSW commends Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Sports Minister Stuart Ayres on today’s announcement encouraging more young people to participate in sport,” Mr Jones said.

“Promoting active habits early is a key factor for ensuring a generation of healthy kids.

“With over 1,300 local cricket clubs in NSW and nearly 400,000 participants across all grades and ages, we encourage Mums, Dads, girls and boys to jump online at www.playcricket.com.au and join Australia’s favourite sport in Australia’s best state”.