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Youth Sport in Canada – State of Play Survey

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, in partnership with Project Play, is deploying a nationwide State of Play survey of youth in Canada to better understand the current challenges and opportunities facing youth aged 8–18 to access quality sport. Jumpstart & Project Play are looking for organizations to help distribute the survey to young people in their programs and communities to make this a success. As a benefit to your organization, a system has been built that will provide access to your organization's data.

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.

Register for Session 5 on September 14: Anti-racism in Sport

As a society we are recognizing that racism is imbedded in our systems and structures. Racism is prevalent in sport and this session will talk about what that means and what you need to think about to surface this topic in your sport.

The schedule of other future Webinars with session descriptions can be found here. Links to recordings and resources from previous sessions can be found here.

2022 Canada Summer Games - Edmonton-Area Athletes

The 2022 Canada Summer Games are being hosted by the Niagara Region of Ontario from August 6-21. Team Alberta includes 98 athletes, 18 coaches, 7 managers and 1 technical support staff from the Edmonton area.

Community Safety and Well-being Grant

Community leaders and organizations who have a program, service, project, event or initiative that can help advance community safety and well-being in Edmonton are encouraged to apply for up to $100,000 in one-time grant funding support. A total of $1.5 million will be allocated by the end of 2022. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. September 12, 2022.

Community Investment Operating Grant Changes

Recently the Edmonton Sport Council (ESC) was successful in the creation of a distinct Community Investment Operating Grant for sport and recreation which will be co-administered by the ESC and the City of Edmonton. It is the intention of the ESC to solely administer this grant program within the next three years. Subsequently, City Council's Community and Public Services Committee directed that the grant be named the "Live Active Grant" with strong ties to the Live Active Strategy. This change will see the continued realignment of the grant to advance diversity and inclusion by Edmonton's sport and recreation organizations.

While the grant is currently unfunded beyond this year, organizations considering applying in 2023 are encouraged to review the following resources and begin preparing now: Workshop RecordingWorkshop Slideshow (with speaking notes), Outcome Measurement Instructions & Item Bank, Outcome Measurement Tools, and Glossary of Terms.

New - Support Through Sport eLearning Modules

The free Support Through Sport series offers training and resources to empower coaches to recognize and take action to address gender-based violence and teen dating violence.

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 disabilitiesgirls and womennewcomers, 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.

The Importance of Space

While recognizing that the City of Edmonton has, over the last two decades, made significant investments in recreation and sport infrastructure, there is a need for continued investment in open spaces and sport and recreation infrastructure, and the activation of these traditional and non-traditional spaces and places.

Recommendation #10: As evidenced during COVID-19, it is essential that additional outdoor spaces be created and, when possible, empty non-traditional spaces be repurposed into accessible spaces for sport, physical activity, and active recreation opportunities.

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

Check out amazing Live Active stories, and if you are interested, share your Live Active story, especially if it is FREE or low cost, involves family members, is quick and easy, and can be done in a variety of locations. Send us your submission (up to 500 words) with a picture or link to your Live Active experience video.

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