Vancouver's community sport scene set to grow through City grants
We are extremely grateful for these grants which will help us put on events that not only develop our athletes but also showcase tennis as a sport for all ages.
Sarah Kadi, Tennis BC's Director of High Performance
Hot on the heels of last weekend's successful Canada Sevens event, Council has approved grants totaling almost $30,000 to support the growth of community sports events in Vancouver.
The funding will support local sports events and initiatives that promote physical health, encourage volunteering, and develop life skills among adults, youth, and vulnerable communities.
Tennis BC is one organization that is set to benefit from the Community Sport Hosting Grant program as they have been awarded two $5,000 grants to help fund the U14 Indoor Junior National Championships and the BC Senior Provincial Championships. The two events, which are taking place at UBC Tennis Club and Jericho Tennis Club, will see a total of more than 300 players compete in Vancouver.
Speaking about the grant, Tennis BC's Director of High Performance Sarah Kadi said: "We are extremely grateful for these grants which will help us put on events that not only develop our athletes but also showcase tennis as a sport for all ages.
"Events such as the Indoor Junior Nationals and the Senior Provincials offer a great opportunity to promote tennis in Vancouver, engage volunteers and provide tournament experience to our players", Kadi added.
Other projects receiving funding
- BC Rugby has been awarded $5,000 for their Junior Provincial Championships, which will be held at UBC over the Canada Day weekend. More than 1,000 spectators and 60 volunteers are expected to attend the event which will see boys' and girls' teams compete in age categories ranging from under 14 to under 18.
- The Vancouver Comets Netball Association will receive $3,375 of funding to help them host a mixed tournament for teams from Canada and the US to raise awareness of the sport of netball
- Local amateur show jumpers will have the chance to compete in the Vancouver Grand Prix as a result of $5,000 of funding for Thunderbird Show Park. The equestrian event, which will be held at the Concord Pacific Presentation Centre car park in May, will be free to attend and public will be able to enjoy both show jumping and a polo demonstration.
- The new Olympic sport of mixed curling will be coming to Vancouver with the support of a $2,238 grant to Vancouver Curling Club which is hosting the BC Mixed Provincial Championships in April.
- Runners and walkers of all abilities will be able to take part in a seawall race in October that has received $2,200 funding. The James Cunningham Seawall Race, which is organized by the Lions Gate Road Runners, is a 9.5km event that awards prizes to the top three finishers in age groups ranging from under 16 to 80 and over, as well as awards for the best Halloween costumes.
- Vancouver Secondary Schools Athletic Association has received $1,250 to help them to host the Apex U16 Girls inaugural club volleyball tournament which will feature players from schools across Vancouver.
Celebrating girls and women in sport
These grants are one of several initiatives to support community sport in Vancouver. Earlier this month, the City launched a new funding program aimed at celebrating the people who help get more women and girls playing sport.
At June's Women Deliver Conference, the City will award five grants of $5,000 each to Community Sport Champions who are paving the way for females to participate in sport. The awards are aimed at people involved in not-for-profit sports programs that take place in Vancouver and have the goal of increasing the involvement of women or girls in organized sport.
Speaking about the City's investment in sport, Annabel Kehoe, the CEO of BC Rugby, said: "Each week thousands of amateur rugby players of all ages and genders take to the fields in Vancouver to stay active and be part of a fun and welcoming team sport. In order to keep delivering these opportunities, organizations need financial support so we greatly appreciate the City expanding their support for sports through programs such as the Community Sport Champions fund."
Nominations for the Community Sport Champions program are being accepted until March 31. Learn more about the program