BC govt. grants en­cour­age girls and women to stay ac­tive

Asian Journal - - British Columbia -

Stay­ing healthy and ac­tive is im­por­tant and fun for girls and young women. In re­sponse, sport groups through­out Bri­tish Columbia have been en­cour­ag­ing more girls and women to join leagues and clubs, or par­tic­i­pate in pro­grams that pro­mote this type of life­style. Girls Only (GO) and For­ever Ac­tive Bod­ies (FAB) 55+ are ex­am­ples of the types of grants, along with Lo­cal Sport Pro­gram De­vel­op­ment (LSPD) funds, that strive to make sport more ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple of all abil­i­ties. This lat­est round of fund­ing ad­min­is­tered by vi­aS­port, the Pro­vin­cial Govern­ment’s lead agency in the de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion of sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in the prov­ince, is made up of 34 grants that pro­vide more than $60,000 to clubs and pro­grams around the prov­ince. Some of the re­cip­i­ents in­clude:

• Van­cou­ver Is­land Biathlon Club – Courte­nay: Biathlon Coach­ing Cour­ses $1,825

• Pen­tic­ton Pick­le­ball Club: Pen­tic­ton Out­door Pick­le­ball $2,000

• Abo­rig­i­nal Education Depart­ment – Prince Ge­orge: North­ern Huskies Sports Pro­gram $2,000 An­other 26 pro­grams al­ready have re­ceived close to $40,000 in 2015-16. Th­ese groups, along with many more, re­ceive up to $2,000 in grants to be used for de­vel­op­ing sport in their com­mu­nity. Funds can be used for buy­ing equip­ment, train­ing of­fi­cials or coaches, and teach­ing sport skills. Peter Fass­ben­der, Min­is­ter of Com­mu­nity, Sport and Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment said, “Th­ese grants en­cour­age girls and women to lead healthy and ac­tive lives, and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to try sports and ac­tiv­i­ties. They are an­other im­por­tant ex­am­ple of the many ways the Prov­ince is sup­port­ing sport and en­cour­ag­ing healthy life­styles in com­mu­ni­ties through­out B.C.”

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