Athletics for All Grant

In December 2023 Athletics Canada announced a new $350,000 grant program titled, “Athletics for All”, designed to remove barriers and increase sports participation for two targeted populations: newcomers to Canada and athletes with a disability.

These programs provide sport participation programs delivered with minimal to no cost to the participants, and are tailored to an equity-deserving group, but are not exclusionary. Funding recipients are strongly encouraged to establish partnerships with local community organizations/groups that represent equity-deserving populations and create programming in collaboration with them.

The Government of Canada’s Community Sport for All Initiative makes the Athletics For All grant program possible.

Athletics Nova Scotia is one of the 25 recipients of this grant in 2024.  

Project Title: The Fastest Kid in Nova Scotia / Mini Legends

Overview: Athletics Nova Scotia is committed to expanding access and inclusivity through strategic program implementations. Phase 1 introduces Fastest Kid, providing a fun introduction to track and field for kids under 12, while Phase 2, Mini Legends, focuses on empowering youth through movement and leadership opportunities. Targeting all user groups, including able-bodied, para-athletes, newcomers, Indigenous, and underrepresented members, the organization ensures inclusivity. A U12 Task Force is dedicated to ensuring that 75% of track and field clubs in Nova Scotia offer U12 programs to all identified user groups. Collaboration with community partners addresses individual needs, including transportation challenges, by hosting programs at schools and providing transportation solutions. Para/Accessibility Components ensure adaptations for inclusivity, collaborating with schools to understand individual needs. Additionally, low-cost programs for schools aim to reduce financial barriers to participation, fostering a more inclusive environment for all.

Join Athletics Nova Scotia in promoting access and inclusivity in track and field across Nova Scotia.