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- Sports Providers’ Workshop in the Works for October to Respond to Key Findings of ‘Join in CKL’ Survey -

(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – New survey results give “a good snapshot” of what local sports and recreation providers are doing now – and what they say still needs to be done – to get more families in the game.

Feedback from the ‘Join in CKL’ survey is also spurring plans to organize a sports provider workshop on October 23 in Lindsay to find additional ways of boosting access to sports and recreation programs for more families in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

“No doubt about it, there are barriers that block families from taking part in sports and recreation activities in Kawartha Lakes,” says Doreen Boville, a member of the Join in CKL partnership, a group of local volunteers and community agencies committed to increasing access to recreation opportunities. The partnership organized the online survey earlier this year. “The survey results give us a good snapshot of the problem, a sense of what teams and sports leagues are doing to break down barriers to their recreational programs, and suggestions on how to boost access for all,” Boville adds.

Nearly three dozen sports providers in the City of Kawartha Lakes took part in the ‘Join in CKL’ survey earlier this year. Key findings of the survey show:

  • A wide range of sports and recreation activities is offered in the area.
  • The main barriers cited to playing sports were fees and transportation. Survey respondents also noted time constraints and lack of awareness about recreational programs in City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • Many local sports and recreation providers offer assistance to help children and youth participate. Examples cited in the survey included financial subsidies, deferred payment options for registration fees, equipment loans and help with transportation to and from games.
  • Local sports providers wanted to do more networking with each other, especially on common issues like funding and volunteer recruitment/retention. There was also interest expressed by most survey respondents in discussing the potential for a sports council in Kawartha Lakes.

According to Join in CKL committee member Trevor Tompkins, the creation of a Kawartha Lakes sports council could be an ideal forum by which recreation providers could address common concerns, such as barriers to play, funding and volunteer recruitment. Says Tompkins: “Sports councils can be a gathering place for athletes, coaches, parents and sports executive members to share information and provide training or education.”

As a follow-up to the ‘Join In CKL’ survey, the Join in CKL partnership is organizing a free Sports Provider Workshop on October 23 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm at the Lindsay Rugby Club (67 Vince Jones Road). The workshop will be led by Scott McRoberts, of Community Sports Councils Ontario and current Director of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Toronto. He will discuss the benefits of forming a local sports council and provide examples of how other rural Ontario communities have utilized this model. The workshop is open to sports providers, coaches, boards, volunteers and people interested in improving access to sports and recreation in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

More information about the Join in CKL partnership and the Sport Provider Workshop are available by calling the local Health Unit at (705) 324-3569 or visiting www.joininckl.ca .

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For media inquiries, contact:

Trevor Tompkins, Co-ordinator, Sports Clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes, (705) 324-4493, ext. 217,

or Ryan Alexander, Health Promotion Co-ordinator, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, (705) 324-7323,

or Doreen Boville, Health Promoter, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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