What?!?!?! $5500 for 9 weeks is $610 a week!!! That is outrageous and there is no way we could or would spend that, no matter how much the kids loved it.
My kids do two sports each, Gymnastics which works out to $9 a week (each), Karate which is around $10 a week plus grading which costs $45 a time and they might do one or two a year. Dancing which is $11 a week. So all up for 4x 10 week terms a year around $1600.
This year we did;
Little kickers $23 a week
AFL $20 ( winter only)
That's all finished now except AFL as DS starts school next year, all sports are included ( with coaches and trainers) in his school fees but obviously uniforms and camps are extra
My other 2 daughters do swimming, 1 wants to start dance and the other karate so my weekly expenses will be in excess of $500 a week. That's a mortgage for some.. I'm leaning more onto pulling them out for the year and allowing them to do acro and dance at a 'non competitive club' until we move interstate next year and join another team.
Even when my now 21 year old son was playing representative futsal and soccer we didnt spend that much!! He played for Australia in Futsal and Queensland in soccer and our fees including a trip to Brazil were less than that!
My daughter is in dance and her fees are 1200 for the year....
That price is crazy!!
DD does dancing which is $130 or so per term.
DS has done Auskick which was about $70, karate is $12 per week plus gradings.
Those are the sort of prices I would expect at an elite competition level.
Even if I was rich and could afford it, I would only consider it if my child was exceptionally talented.
I have two DD's who do dancing, they do it because they love it . Even with all the extras (shoes, leotards, concerts, costumes) I would pay about $3500 per year and I struggle to afford that.
The other expensive sport my kids have done is tennis. The lessons were okay at around $10 per week, but when they started to participate in competitions it got expensive. From memory it was about $500 per child per season.
Other sports and activities my kids have done were pretty cheap - Judo $5 per lesson, Soccer $200ish per season. Choir $12.50 per week. Clarinet - free at school, but we had to buy the Clarinet.
My DD's do dance and i think its too expensive so am looking into changing them to a cheaper studio/club in the new year as im not comfortable with the expenses.
This year i think i was paying $750 a term between the 2 of them in classes alone with comps, costumes, photos and uniforms on top of that which pretty much evened out to be over $100 a week.
Im looking into reducing them down to $50 a week in dance/tumbling class fees so that once i add in swimming & soccer the activities for all 3 kids should come in at what previously was the dancing total
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