KidSport BC COVID-19
Updated Statement – June 19, 2020
We have started to receive questions regarding the official “Return to Sport” in our province and how this impacts KidSport funding applications. We are working on directions for next steps and will be sharing those as soon as possible, so you can then direct actions for registrants. Currently in BC, our Sport BC members have either had their official “Return to Sport” plans approved or are close to that step. Each sport has unique considerations to deal with, but overall there is an effort to have modified sport be available. We do know that any sport moving forward will likely be very different than in the past, more of a focus on skill development and practices, no official games or contacts etc. We will work on the overall statement and direction to be shared as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we encourage all British Columbian children to find ways to keep working on your sport skills and physical fitness at home so that you are ready to hit the playing field when sport returns.
Sport BC and the KidSport BC
The KidSport concept was launched in 1993 by board and staff at Sport BC as a way to help address the challenges faced by many families when registering their children in organized sport. From a modest start in that first year, issuing $35,000 in grants, KidSport has grown exponentially across the country and has become a truly national entity with 11 provincial/territorial chapters and over 180 community based chapters.
From humble beginnings here in BC, KidSport issued over $2.1 million in grants to 7200 kids in 2019 and has seen significant annual growth, particularly in the years subsequent to the 2010 Winter and Paralympic Games in Vancouver.
Our mission remains the same….to remove the financial barriers that prevent some children from playing organized sport!
We believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience the joys of a season of sport. Abundant research exists that proves sport participation enhances academic performance, improves health and develops valuable life skills in the areas of teamwork, socialization, goal setting and time management.
KidSport believes that it truly takes a village to raise a child and our 40 community chapters are driven by incredibly passionate volunteers who, together with sport clubs in their communities, have a shared ownership in ensuring that no child is left on the sidelines.