Three sports organizations in Surrey are getting a total of $5,992 from the B.C. Government’s Local Sport Program Development Fund.
The B.C. Pickleball Association received $1,992 to help with its After School Pickleball for At Risk Children. The program serves approximately 50 children in B.C.
The City of Surrey received $2,000 for its I AM Game program, which teaches fundamental movement skills through multiple sports to persons with a disability.
And the Surrey Storm Fastpitch Association received $2,000 for the Girls to Coach program.
Local Sport Program Development Fund grants are designed 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.
Programs funded this year are focused on teaching fundamental sport skills to children, introducing new Canadians to sport, expanding Aboriginal sport programs, and providing adaptive sports to persons with a disability. Funds are generally used for equipment, coach training or program development.
The B.C. Government will invest more than $50 million in sport programming this year.
The Local Sport Program Development Fund, Girls Only and Forever Active Bodies 55+ grant programs are administered through ViaSport.
“Pickleball is a great sport for children to learn and a great opportunity for at risk youth to participate in,” Surrey-Whiterock MLA Gordon Hogg said.
“Physical literacy is important for ensuring an active, healthy lifestyle,” Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt said. “The I Am Game program helps kids learn how to read their environment and move with confidence when they’re physically active.”
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