KidSport BC COVID-19 Statement
During the COVID-19 pandemic KidSport is and will continue to accept and review applications. However, with the uncertainty around spring/summer leagues and programming, we will not be issuing cheques to sport clubs on behalf of the families until sport resumes.
We do not take this decision lightly, but do so only to reduce the administrative burden (refunds and adjustments) on volunteers across the sport system. As soon as sport resumes, we will forward cheques to sport clubs on the child’s behalf so that they can begin to play.
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 program
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.