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BC Sport Participation Program
Sport and recreation programs reach all corners of BC
The BC Sport Participation Program drew new participants to community and school-based sports, providing opportunities for youth, Aboriginal people, seniors and people with disabilities to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
Multi-year funding opportunities for sport programs
The BC Sport Participation Program (BCSPP) helped provincial and multi-sport organizations extend their community reach and improve the quality of sport and recreation delivery. The funding support was invested in developing tools and resources, training coaches and leaders and attracting new participants.
Since it began in 2004, the BCSPP has invested more than $4 million and captured more than 200,000 new sport participants in over 110 communities province-wide, creating new opportunities for children and youth, people with disabilities, seniors, Aboriginal youth, and girls and women.
Sport Canada and the Province of BC, through 2010 Legacies Now, supported the BCSPP equally and funded recipients in multi-year phases, from 2004 to 2007, from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2010-2011 (a special one-year extension of funding for select programs).
Several of the projects that were initiated in BC to increase sport and recreation participation were so successful they expanded nationally. These include Gymnastics BC's Kids CanMove, BC Wheelchair Sports' Bridging the Gap, BC Blind Sports' Early Intervention Program, and Swim BCs See Yourself Swimming.
Sports funding success stories
The BC Wheelchair Sports Association received sports funding through the BCSPP for their Bridging the Gap program, which is changing the lives of many people with disabilities.
"When I had my accident I thought I would never be able to do anything. Now I play wheelchair rugby and my sense of pride and happiness is greater because of my participation in sport."
— Participant, BC Wheelchair Sports - Bridging the Gap program
Basketball BC received sports funding for its Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program to train coaches throughout the province in delivering the program to youth.
"I believe everyone in amateur sport would agree that coaching is a key to properly implementing programs, and funding assistance provided by BCSPP has allowed this to happen...[by providing] assistance for start up, equipment, resources and facility."
— Lawrie Johns, Executive Director, Basketball BC
Softball BC received funding for its fun, introductory program called Learn to Play which supports children, new coaches and Aboriginal communities.
"The kids were full of smiles and giggles and when it was time to go home the leaders were engulfed with hugs and thank-yous. As a lasting legacy we left behind two full team sets of softball equipment so they can hopefully create a Learn to Play league on the reserve next season."
— Sarah Garrett, Program Coordinator, Softball BC
Sports funding recipients:
View 2010-2011 funding recipients
View 2007-2010 funding recipients
View 2004-2007 funding recipients
2010 Legacies Now hosted a BC Sport Participation Program workshop for project leaders on May 11, 2011. Leaders from 31 BCSPP funded projects participated in the workshop to celebrate project successes and discuss lessons learned. Further information and presentations from the workshop are available at Sport BC.
The BC Sport Participation Program was supported by the Province of BC through 2010 Legacies Now and the Government of Canada.