The Community Sport Grant has been helping in the creation of new programs in northern Saskatchewan since its inception over a decade ago. The grant provides community leaders and program participants with the resources to build upon their sport and physical activity goals.
A prime example is the Green Lake Wrestling Club. According to Ryan Karakochuk, the Program Manager for Sport for the Northern Sport, Culture and Recreation District (NSCRD), Green Lake used the grant to create their club and then, four years later in 2018, sent participants to represent the North District at the Saskatchewan Winter Games.
Many other clubs and team across the North are using the grant to increase the number of opportunities for competition by enhancing the ability to travel south to provincial competitions and by creating inter-community leagues. The purchase of new equipment through the grant opens new doors for sport participation and several new sport initiatives have been introduced into communities such as triathlon, kayak and lacrosse.
“This grant has allowed for more sport grassroots development that gives more youth the opportunity to play sport and learn new skills,” said Karakochuk.
Karakochuk went on to add that the grant has helped the NSCRD to support northern communities by building coach, official and community contacts and capacity. Linking individuals and community based programs to the Provincial Sport system has assisted in creating new relationships that are beneficial for both the North and provincial sport organizations.
“This funding allows for better partnerships, stronger sport development and the ability for a community to build a legacy in their sport.”