Getting Local Seniors Back on the Game

Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast Gareth Ward MP has today announced that more local seniors from across our region are set to hit the courts and sporting fields in the coming months, as a further three sporting codes offer modified rules for players over 65 years of age.

Mr Ward has today announced that the NSW Government will invest an additional $100,000 to get Basketball, Softball and Table Tennis NSW on board with a modified program, while also expanding the successful pilot with Football NSW.

“Sport has the power to create a great community spirit and it is important that all members of our community can join in, regardless of their age,” he said.

“I encourage all seniors in our community to participate in a modified sport so they can enjoy the benefits of physical activity and social interaction,” Mr Ward said.

The NSW Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the NSW Government wants to support and encourage seniors to make physical activity part of their everyday routine.

“Participating in sport helps people lead healthy, active and happy lives. Unfortunately, as people get older the opportunities to engage in physical activity can often decrease,” Mrs Davies said. 

“The Modified Sport Program opens up opportunities for seniors to get out and get active by offering popular games with low impact rules, while also helping to build confidence and new social connections in their communities.”

Since May 2017, the NSW Government has provided $200,000 to six sporting codes to implement modified sporting programs for NSW seniors. Once the pilots are established clubs aim to sustain the program.

For more information, or to register, please contact the sporting associations below or visit