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.
Creating a culture where everyone can thrive is a shared responsibility. The Safe Sport Training module developed by the Coaching Association of Canada will help anyone involved in sport identify and prevent situations of maltreatment. This Training is available free of charge through the online portal, the Locker.
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. Both online training and workshops are also available at the Sport for Life Campus.
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.
For the Love of the Game is not just an organization, but a team devoted towards educating coaches, parents, and youth leaders to ensure that kids develop a meaningful experience in youth sports. Through their free resources, podcasts, seminars and premium online training, the team hopes to help kids stay in the game for life!
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
The Alberta government 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.
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.
Fact Sheet: Sexual Harassment in Sport and Recreation
Fact Sheet: Bullying Prevention in Sport and Recreation