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Posted: December 14, 2012

New sport ventures get government support

Eighteen B.C. communities, including two in the East Kootenay, will benefit from government grants geared to the development of local sport programs, announced Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett Dec. 7.

The Kimberley Gymnastics Society and the Invermere District Curling Club’s Youth Program Optimist Interclub is among the sports clubs getting up to $2,000 per grant, through the Local Sport Program Development Fund. The fund is administered by viaSport.

The grants aim to help establish new sport programs or expand existing ones so that more British Columbians, particularly those who face barriers to sport, have opportunities to participate.

“The health benefits of participation in sport can’t be overstated. That’s why it’s our goal to encourage active lifestyles for all British Columbians. Through the Local Sport Program Development fund, thousands of athletes, young and old, have the opportunity to participate in sport programs of all sorts,” stated Bennett, Kootenay East MLA.

Programs funded this year are focused on introducing new immigrants to sport, teaching kids fundamental sport skills, providing adaptive sports to persons with a disability and expanding Aboriginal sport programs. Funds are generally used for equipment, coach training, or program development.

“Our goal is to unite and energize B.C. communities through sport. The Local Sport Program Development Fund helps local groups improve sport delivery and give more people a chance to play,” said Scott Ackles, CEO of viaSport.

The Local Sport Program Development Fund was created in 2008 in the lead-up to the Olympics as part of 2010 Legacies Now.

Grants from the fund are available to isolated rural communities where sport opportunities are fewer, as well as large urban populations where low sport participation exists.

* The successful applicants include municipalities, Aboriginal groups and not-for-profit organizations that directly deliver organized sport programs.

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