The goal of quality sport is to create positive experiences in supportive environments. Ultimately, if sport participation and physical activity isn’t fun, progressive, positive, or welcoming, children, youth, and adults alike will turn to other activities that may be much less healthy. Quality sport is developmentally appropriate, safe and inclusive, and well run. Another way of saying this is that quality sport consists of good programs, led by good people, in good places.
The Sport for Life website has videos, resources and links to educate and inform anyone involved in creating positive, quality sport experiences for athletes, young and old, for communities and clubs at all levels across Canada.
The Canadian Paralympic Committee has recently released a new Diversity and Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool for sport clubs and organizations. Both the background resource document and self-assessment tool are free to access.
The Canadian Disability Participation Project, a SSHRC-funded alliance of university, public, private and government sector partners working together to enhance community participation among Canadians with physical disabilities, synthesized existing literature and sought input from stakeholders in the disability sport sector to generate an evidence-informed framework of optimal parasport participation. For more information about the Quality Parasport Participation Framework and resources, click here.
Quality sport doesn't just happen, but occurs through intentional preparation. Sport New Zealand believes that quality sport, opportunities and experiences are vital to enrich and inspire the lives of young people by creating a lifelong love of sport. To this end, they have developed a great graphic of Young People's Quality Indicators.
Safe and Welcoming Sport Environments
Alberta Sport Connection has created a Safe Sport page that offers contact information for resources for Albertans who may may need assistance. Included on the page are the logo and links to the Canadian Sport HELPline.
Safe Sport Working Group Announcement
The National Sport Organization Safe Sport Working Group announced seven core components and related consensus statements to support the development of a universal code of conduct in Canada.
Swimming Canada Safe Sport Overview
The Swimming Canada safe sport program is an excellent model for other sport organizations. It is focused on three key areas: education, prevention and response, all of which will be supported by strong governance, policies and procedures. The goal is to ensure that all members and registrants of Swimming Canada, at all levels, have the resources to provide and access a fun, healthy, inclusive and safe environment. This program is made possible by the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Government of Canada and the membership of Swimming Canada.
For details in each of the key areas, click on the links on the right side of the Safe Sport page.
The Responsible Coaching Movement (RCM) is a multi-phase system-wide movement, coordinated by the Coaching Association of Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport that has the potential to affect all sport organizations and coaches. The RCM is a call to action for organizations to implement realistic change based on their individual state of readiness.
The RCM is the result of extensive ongoing consultation with the Canadian Sport Community. These consultations will guide the different phases of the RCM that will address the role coaches play with issues relating to the health and safety of athletes, both on and off the field of play.
To discover more, click here.