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Governments of Canada and British Columbia Collaborate to Help Make Sport More Accessible

Grants provided to provincial and community organizations will help increase participation in sportVICTORIA, March 29, 2019 /CNW/ -A More British Columbians can take part in sports ranging from archery to wheelchair basketball this year thanks to the BC Sport Participation Program (BCSPP), funded equally by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.Together, the governments are investing nearly $1.2 million in 2018a??19 to support projects that strengthen physical literacy and the participation of children and youth in sport. This new funding will also improve sport opportunities for Indigenous, under-represented and marginalized populations. The funding supports more than 400 sport programs and activities involving more than 11,000 children and youth and close to 500 coaches. This will create new opportunities for British Columbians to discover new sports and provide increased access to physical activities tailored to their interests and that promote a healthy lifestyle.This commitment includes $244,000 to strengthen the capacity and leadership of Indigenous sport organizations and to increase culturally relevant sport programming for Indigenous children and youth, such as supporting athletes from British Columbia training for the North American Indigenous Games. The BCSPP funding also supports pilot projects, resource development and two application-based grant programsa??the Community Sport Development Program (CSDP) and the Provincial Sport Development Program (PSDP)a??that help reduce barriers to participating in sport. Both grant programs are administered by viaSport on behalf of the provincial government.The CSDP offers grants up to $3,000 to support local, community-based sport projects, while the PSDP provides grants up to $30,000 to support sport projects with regional or provincial reach. These grant programs provided 72 sport and community organizations with $545,000 in 2018a??19. Recipients include the BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, the BC Freestyle Ski Association, Special Olympics BC, the Gibsons Curling Club and the Vancouver Quidditch league. See the backgrounder for a list of grant recipients for both programs.The window for eligible organizations to submit applications for the 2019-20 PSDP will be open from April 2 to May 2, 2019. The application form and grant information can be accessed online.Since its inception in 2004, the BCSPP has provided more than $14 million to provincial sport and community organizations. This funding has helped train more than 42,000 sports leaders, and allowed more than a million British Columbians to participate in sport. Quotes"We are putting our athletes and children in sport first from the playground to the podium by increasing access to sport. We are proud to partner with the Government of British Columbia to give grants to organizations that are doing work to make sport more inclusive for all British Columbians."a??The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport"Participating in sport promotes physical and mental health and helps people connect to their communities. Through our partnership with the Government of Canada, we are proud to enhance sports opportunities in Indigenous communities and provide British Columbians with a wide range of physical activities that will encourage healthy lifestyles."a??The Honourable Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Government of British Columbia"Inclusive sport happens when there are increased opportunities for participation. Through collaboration, we can reduce barriers to sport and allow more British Columbians to experience the unique benefits that sport has to offer. viaSport is proud to recommend these organizations and recognize their commitment to providing meaningful opportunities for underserved populations in their communities."a??Sheila Bouman, CEO, viaSportQuick FactsviaSport emboldens and enables leaders to provide quality sport experiences that are inclusive, safe and meaningful. With the support of the Province of British Columbia, viaSport transforms and scales the impact of sport through social innovation, funding and capacity building.The Provincial Sport Development Fund is open for applications once a year in April. The Community Sport Program Development Fund has two application periods per year (summer/fall and winter/spring). Intake periods, guidelines and application forms are available at www.viasport.ca/grants. Associated LinksSport CanadaA 
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Grant recipients for the CSDP and PSDPBackgrounder

2018a??19 Community Sport Program Development Fund Grant Recipients



Community



Recipient



Program Description



Amount



Barriere



Barriere Recreation Society



Offers curling programs for youth, seniors and adults and provides specialized equipment that allows seniors with disabilities to curl.



$3,000



Bowen Island



Bowen Island Gymnastics Club



Bowen Island Gymnastics a?? provides girls 14 years and up with strength, agility and flexibility skills for dance and tumbling gymnastics.



$3,000



Burnaby



BC Athletics



Run Jump Throw Wheel a?? trains coaches and introduces elementary school children to running, jumping, throwing and wheelchair sports activities.



$3,000



Burnaby



Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society



Canadian Adaptive Climbing Program 2019 a?? offers 15 new programs to help people with a disability learn how to climb in local climbing gyms.



$3,000



Burnaby



Vancouver Goalball Club



Athlete Development Camp a?? allows goalball athletes to develop physical strength, mental preparedness and sport specific skills.



$1,500



Chase



Skmana Ski and Snowshoe Club



Ski Skmana Youth Program a?? provides free weekly instruction for kids aged 4 to 9 and free access to equipment for under-represented groups in the community.



$3,000



Chilliwack



Chilliwack Tennis Society



Children's Tennis a?? offers summer introductory tennis programs and winter-based indoor programs for children aged 5 to 12.



$1,600



Chilliwack



Chilliwack Centre of Excellence Paddling Club



Provides youth-specific equipment and indoor kayaking programs during the winter months.



$3,000



Courtenay



Comox Valley Curling Club



Provides an afterschool program that teaches curling skills to youth and offers junior league play.



$3,000



Dawson Creek



Special Olympics a?? Dawson Creek



Offers summer and winter sport programs, including 10-pin bowling and snowshoeing.



$3,000



Delta



Curl BC



Drop the Wheels in the House a?? connects wheelchair users in and around Greater Vancouver through a drop-in curling program.



$3,000



Duncan



Duncan Curling Club



Project Upstart a?? trains new coaches and offers learn to curl programs for elementary school students, adults and seniors.



$3,000



Elkford



Fernie Old School Boxing Club



Provides boxing programs for youth and seniors at its new facility in Sparwood.



$3,000



Enderby



Enderby & District Curling Club



Offers a junior curling program for youth aged 7a??18.



$3,000



Fernie



Pickleball Fernie



Introduction to Pickleball a?? provides introductory pickleball lessons for high school students.



$1,500



Fraser Lake



Fraser Lake Curling Club



Provides equipment and coaching for participants facing financial barriers.



$1,300



Gibsons



Gibsons Curling Club



Stick Curling a?? a learn and play program that adapts curling for people with mobility challenges.



$1,600



Grand Forks



Flippin Fun Gymnastics Club



Flippin Fun Gymnastics Club a?? offers recreational and competitive gymnastics classes for participants of all ages.



$3,000



Invermere



Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club



Junior Development Program a?? allows 200 more children and youth to participate in the upcoming season.



$2,500



Kamloops



River City Squash Organization



After school squash for at-risk-youth a?? invites at-risk-youth to play squash after school, during school hours, on weekends and during school breaks.



$3,000



Kamloops



Cerebral Palsy Sports Association of B.C.



Kamloops Sledge Hockey program a?? offers sledge hockey opportunities for people with disabilities in partnership with the Kamloops Adapted Sports Association and the City of Kamloops.



$3,000



Kamloops



BC Snowboard Association



ElleBoard program a?? trains female coaches to become Learning Facilitators for the Canada Snowboard Coaching Program and provides training and competitive opportunities for female athletes.



$3,000



Kamloops



Kamloops and District Minor Baseball Association



Girls Winterball a?? introduces girls to baseball through customized indoor baseball training.



$500



Kelowna



The Kelowna & District Society for People in Motion



Adaptive Snow Sports Program a?? trains volunteer instructors and offers sit and ski programs for adults with disabilities at Mount Baldy Ski Resort.A 



$3,000



Keremeos



Keremeos Senior's Pickle Ball



Keremeos Seniors Pickle Ball a?? provides opportunities for participants to learn and improve their pickle ball skills in a fun and social environment.



$1,000



Kimberley



Kimberley Nordic Club



Kimberley Nordic Masters a?? provides skill development, waxing clinics, video analysis, loppets trips and aprA?s-ski socials for participants aged 19 and older.



$3,000



Masset



Gwaii Storm



Gwaii Storm a?? A basketball program for girls aged 13 to 17. The funding will purchase new equipment, pay for coaching and potentially expand the program to include 10- to 13-year-olds.



$2,000



Mission



District of Mission Parks, Recreation and Culture



Club Kids a?? a licensed after school program in 10A schools which allows kids to participate in a different sport each week for eight weeks.



$3,000



Moberly Lake



Saulteau First Nations



Offers a 10-week golf program at the Moberly Lake golf course for participants facing financial barriers.



$3,000



Nanaimo



BC Wheelchair Basketball Society



Let's Play a?? teaches participants basic basketball and life skills.



$3,000



Nanaimo



Nanaimo and District Track and Field Club



Trains Nanaimo and Ladysmith high school teachers in physical literacy and track and field events so they can coach students in afterschool track and field.



$3,000



North Vancouver



Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports



Adaptive Ski Club a?? provides trained, certified adaptive ski coaches and recreational programming for skiers with a disability.



$3,000



Pemberton



Lil'wat recreation



Offers recreation programming for local residents, including new introductory lacrosse programs.



$1,800



Powell River



Powell River Gymnastics and Cheer



Certifies coaches in recreational parkour and provides programs for up to 140 participants.



$3,000



Prince George



North Central Badminton Academy (PG) Society



Offers an Introduction to Para-badminton (wheelchair) Program for people with and without disabilities.



$1,300



Prince George



Caledonia Nordic Ski Club



Caledonia Nordic Mobile Outreach Program a?? provides cross country ski and cycling programs and equipment to schools and Indigenous communities.



$3,000



Richmond



Richmond Little League Baseball Association



The funding will allow the Richmond Little League to offer more levels of play.



$3,000



Richmond



WEqual Foundation



Come Try Badminton a?? provides introductory badminton for girls aged four and over, with a special emphasis on the social aspect of sport. The program strives to reach new Canadians or others with language barriers.



$3,000



Rossland



The City of Rossland



Beginner Skater / Hockey for Women a?? provides coaching and instruction for beginner skaters and women who want to play hockey.



$3,000



Saanich



Gordon Head Lawn Bowling Club



Junior Lawn Bowing Development Program a?? offers coaching and training for junior lawn bowlers aged 12a??25.



$3,000



Salmon Arm



Salmon Arm Boxing for Wellness Society



Offers seniors' boxing, circuit weighted training and body weighted training programs.



$1,100



Salt Spring Island



Salt Spring Island Rowing Club



Salt Spring Island Junior Rowing Club a?? the grant will allow the club to support learn to row programs for youth.



$3,000



Smithers



Bulkley Valley Gymnastics Club



Child Development Centre Class a?? provides fitness and movement program for children with disabilities and others who need to develop their early gross motor skills.



$3,000



Surrey



Canadian Amateur Sport Society



Pacific Sport XploreSport2 a?? invites kids to try a different non-traditional sport each day for a week, to help them find an activity they want to pursue.



$1,920



Taylor



Peace Passage Skating Club



Peace Passage Skating Club a?? teaches participants figure skating, hockey and speed skating skills.



$1,500



Vancouver



Vancouver Quidditch League



Offers the first low-contact quidditch league in British Columbia.



$2,300



Vancouver



NEC Native Education College



NEC Wellness Warriors a?? certifies coaches and allows Wellness Warriors dragon boat team to compete in various regattas.



$3,000



Vancouver



Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society



STaRS capacity building program a?? offers therapeutic horseback riding for people with physical, developmental and psychological disabilities.



$3,000



West Vancouver



West Vancouver Field Hockey Club



Fearless Females in Field Hockey a?? provides mentoring, technical skills development and role models for females aged 13a??18.



$1,680



Victoria



Greater Victoria Youth Rowing Society



Lower Vancouver Island School Sports Association a?? provides rowing programs with a particular focus on athletes with visual and physical disabilities.



$2,000



Victoria



Victoria Screamers Boccia Club



Boccia Training a?? helps boccia players of all abilities to transition from recreational players to provincial- and national-level athletes.



$1,000



Victoria



Victoria Ultimate Players Society



Ultimate Sport Youth Program a?? allows youth to learn the sport or improve on existing skills.



$3,000



Victoria (View Royal)



Shoreline Community Middle School Association



Nights Alive a?? provides sessions where boys and girls can participate in an evening of sports ranging from basketball to soccer.



$3,000



Whistler



Whistler Legacies Society



Provides physical literacy after school programs led by NCCP certified coaches at the Spring Creek Elementary school.



$2,900



Williams Lake



Williams Lake Cross Country Ski Club



Bull Country Rekindling a?? provides coaching sessions and equipment to more than 100A elementary students and the club's Jackrabbits program.A 



$3,000



Williams Lake



Special Olympics BC a?? Williams Lake



Offers programs for people with developmental disabilities in Williams Lake's 15 First Nations' reserves.



$3,000



103 Mile



Canim Lake Band



Burton Snowboard Riglet Program / Get Ready to Snowboard a?? teaches snowboard skills to kids in a gym to help them gain confidence to try snowboarding on a large hill.



$3,000













57 Projects



$145,000




2018a??19 Provincial Sport Development Fund Grant Recipients



Recipient



Program



Program Description



Amount



PacificSport Regional Sport Centre a?? Fraser Valley Society



MOVE



This funding provides training for recreation, education, sport and early-childhood instructors to deliver Move to Learn and Move to Connect programs.



$30,000



BC Freestyle Ski Association



Girlstylerz



Girlstylerz helps girls develop skills, self-confidence and emotional well-being through freestyle skiing.



$30,000



BC Wheelchair Basketball Society



School & Community Participation Program



The School & Community Participation Program invites children and youth with disabilities to play basketball from specially modified chairs.A 



$29,800



British Columbia Lacrosse Association



BC Wheelchair Lacrosse Program



This program introduces British Columbians to the new discipline of wheelchair lacrosse.



$30,000



Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society



WA®cehtowin



WA®cehtowin gives Indigenous youth the opportunity to build skills, self-confidence and life skills through sports such as gymnastics, yoga, archery, basketball and soccer.



$30,000



Volleyball BC



12U Club Volleyball and YMCA Atomic Program Expansion



This partnership between Volleyball BC and the YMCA Atomic introduces kids under 12 to the sport of volleyball with coaching and courts tailored to their age and size.



$20,000



Sport For Life Society



Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway



The program provides education and training to provincial sport organizations on how to deliver sport programs to meet the needs of Indigenous participants.



$30,000



British Columbia Wrestling Association



Beat the Streets



Beat the Streets introduces inner city youth and new immigrants to the sport of wrestling.



$26,000



BC Wheelchair Sports Association



Bridging the Gap



Bridging the Gap provides training to leaders and organizations on how to introduce and provide opportunities in wheelchair sports.



$27,200



Ray-Cam Community AssociationA 



Moresports Youth Leadership Model



This program helps 150a??200 youth to develop leadership skills in sport through courses and community service.



$30,000



Cerebral Palsy Sports Association of BC



Access Power Soccer and Boccia



These programs train coaches and loan equipment to allow British Columbians with disabilities to participate in soccer and boccia.



$30,000



Special Olympics BC



Special Olympics BC Cultural Inclusion Project



This program gives British Columbians with intellectual disabilities opportunities to try and get involved in various sports. There is a special focus on reaching individuals from various cultural backgrounds.



$26,000



BC Seniors Games Society



Step Up Your Game



The Step Up Your Game program provides athletes aged 55 and over with technical instruction from qualified coaches in safe and supportive environments.



$30,000



BC Amateur Softball Association



Softball BC a?? CANhit Rural Community Development



CANhit trains athletes (aged 7a??18) and coaches in fundamental, step-by-step skills in hitting softballs. This program is being expanded to communities outside the lower mainland.



$13,000



Judo BC



Judo After School Program



This program helps young children build skills and self-confidence through judo.



$18,000













15 Projects



$400,000

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