There’s even more incentive for Brimbank’s younger generation to get off the couch and in to sport.

Priority applications for the Brimbank council’s IN2Sport initiative opened yesterday, offering children aged between six and 18 financial assistance to contribute to club membership fees at participating Brimbank sports clubs.

The priority application period is for females, first-time applicants and people with a disability.

Eligible participants are able to claim up to $200.

Brimbank mayor Lucinda Congreve said the program, now in its sixth year, had proven popular.

“In2Sport has been running since 2013 and in that time has supported more than 1500 young people to get active and involved in local sport,” she said.

“Participating in local sport not only benefits your health and wellbeing, but it helps create community connections as well.

“I encourage all families out there with kids who have been thinking about joining a local sports club – and who meet the In2Sport criteria – to apply.”

Those claiming must live in Brimbank and have their name listed on a health care card or pension concession card.

Application forms can be found at www.brimbank.vic.gov.au/in2sport

Applications for all other parties open on September 16.