The News Centre links you to important announcements and media stories in the world of sport, active recreation and active living, and news from the Edmonton Sport Council.
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2022 Community Investment Operating Grant Analysis
The City of Edmonton Community Investment Operating Grant program awarded $3.65 million to 308 non-profit organizations in Edmonton.
Call for Participants
Researchers from Action for Healthy Communities and University of Alberta are seeking to identify barriers that racialized newcomer youth face in their sports participation and to recommend policy changes to eliminate those barriers. The project will collect information from athletes and their parents about their sport experiences and challenges in their sports, as well as sport organizations' experiences in dealing with barriers and providing services to racialized communities.
Canadian Sport Policy Renewal (2023-2033) Survey
The Canadian Sport Policy is set to be renewed in February 2023. The renewed sport policy will help to identify Canadian sport priorities and provide guidance to Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments in advancing sport for the next 10 years (2023-2033). The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Safe Sport Toolkit
The Ottawa Sport Council has launched the Safe Sport Toolkit to the community sport sector. Based on industry best practices, the Toolkit was developed collaboratively with 12 Ottawa based member sport organizations. It is a free online guide that provides organizations with user-friendly resources that identify and mitigate risks and that engage participants, coaches, officials, administrators, and volunteers in the safe sport journey. Click here for more information.
Jumpstart State of Sport Report
This report details the second year of a research study in which Jumpstart partnered with Ipsos and a Canadian academic advisory panel to gauge COVID’s impact – and understand how we must respond. Inside the data, there is a clear and compelling story: major barriers to sport remain for Canadian youth. It’s having a continued impact on the health and wellbeing of children and on sport organizations, and it has created an uncertain future due to unclear long-term consequences. Click here for a summary and link to the full report.
Physical activity, recreation, and sport participation in Canada
The Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI) is excited to announce the release of a brand new series of publications highlighting data on physical activity, recreation, and sport participation in Canada. The series brings together research bulletins, infographics, and customizable data tables that not only provide the latest statistics, but also provide evidence-based considerations for practitioners and policy-makers. This series also highlights the impact of COVID-19 on key organizations within the physical activity, sport and recreation sectors. To learn more about these new publications click here
Diversity and Inclusion in Sport Discussion Series
KidSport Calgary and KidSport Edmonton in partnership with INclusion Incorporated and supported by Sport Calgary and Edmonton Sport Council, is offering a Diversity and Inclusion in Sport series to Local Sport Organizations across Alberta. Join us to learn more about the proactive behaviors, options, and actions we can all make so that people from all backgrounds, ages, and abilities feel welcome, respected, and that they belong at your club. We will be hosting FREE monthly virtual sessions and will be recording each session for those who are unable to attend live.
Session 4 - June 8: Indigenous Sport Inclusion
Indigenous peoples have often not been included in sport. There is a parallel sport system that is Indigenous-led and is for Indigenous participants. Appreciating the Indigenous sport system and understanding how the two systems can work together will be the focus of this session.
The schedule of future Webinars with session descriptions can be found here.
Power of Sport: The True Sport Report 2022
Commissioned by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and prepared by E-Alliance, Power of Sport: The True Sport Report 2022 cites evidence to confirm that the benefits of sport reach far beyond the positive health effects. The report’s authors describe how community sport generates social capital, creating benefits across a broad spectrum of societal priorities including child and youth development, crime prevention, environmental sustainability, economic development, and social inclusion for all Canadians. Download Power of Sport: The True Sport Report 2022
Engaging Under-Represented Populations
It's important that sport and recreation organisations reflect the diversity of the communities in which they operate, and have practices in place to help them achieve their inclusion goals. The Sport Council website has several new pages with information and resources to support organizations in engaging under-represented populations including Edmontonians with disabilities, girls and women, newcomers, and indigenous and LGBTQI2S+ Edmontonians.
Our strategic planning resource page will also assist you in integrating your engagement with these populations within your overall operating plan.
Inclusive Physical Literacy
Every person should have the opportunity to develop physical literacy. Program coordinators, leaders, and facility operators have a responsibility to create universally accessible physical literacy opportunities. This can be a daunting task to figure out how to develop or adapt programs to be inclusive of disabilities. As such, in 2016 through the RBC Learn to Play funding, a series of trainings and a collection of resources has been undertaken to create a portal of information so that there is a place to start to find programs, information, or training to assist in moving to universal accessibility.
Freedom to Care Act
The Freedom to Care website provides information and resources to support the non-profit sector’s understanding and implementation of the volunteer liability protections under the Freedom to Care Act. This includes resources for best practices in volunteer management and a volunteer checklist. The website supports the implementation of the Freedom to Care Act, which came into force on September 1. The Freedom to Care Act:
- Allows cabinet (through order in council) to grant one-time, short-term exemptions for non-profits from government regulations intended for business, where an exemption does not already exist.
- Provides individual volunteers with liability protections.
The Insurance Toolkit for the Voluntary Sector: A guide for non-profits and charities has been updated. Click here to download the toolkit
Hosting mega, major and signature sport events can bring many positive benefits to the community.
Recommendation #2: That all mega, major and signature sport events hosted in Edmonton leave a legacy. These legacies may be infrastructure, monetary, programming, and/or social in nature.
New Educational Opportunities
The Workshops, Conferences & Webinars page is updated almost every day with new online webinars, most of them free or low-cost. Below the current listings are links to previously recorded webinars on a variety of topics.
Live Active Stories of Edmontonians
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