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-Local Sports Providers Urged to Complete ‘Join In’ Survey to Boost Links and Access to Recreation Programs-


(CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES) – It’s game on for a community survey in which 10 minutes of your time can add up to improved access to sports and recreation programs for families in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Local sports groups and recreation providers are being asked to fill out an online survey available at Join in CKL website. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and will be available until March 18, 2013. A prize draw is also being offered as an incentive to fill in the survey, which was created by volunteers and community agencies that belong to the Family Wellness Committee – the partnership that oversees the Join in CKL project.

“The goal of the survey is simple,” says Lisa Kaldeway, a committee member and a Health Promoter with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “We want to find out the scope of sports and recreation programs being offered in CKL, the perceived barriers there are to participating, and the types of supports being offered by leagues and sports providers to help people ‘join in’.”

Creating connections between sports leagues and recreation providers in the area is another important part of the survey, she adds. “Is there interest in recreation providers coming together to network, share information, and tackle common issues or challenges that cut across the different sports?” Kaldeway says. “If we don’t ask the questions, we won’t know the answers.”

While each response will be kept confidential, overall results of the survey will be shared with the community later this spring, she adds. In the end, this data-gathering exercise is designed to help improve access to quality physical activity opportunities for everyone – the whole purpose of the Join In CKL project.

“The survey gets us out of the starting blocks; from there, we’ll see where it takes us,” Kaldeway says. “Based on feedback, there may be support for creating a local sports council or similar network. We might see interest in offering workshops for sports groups on common issues like coach development, volunteer recruitment and the prevention of head-injuries. There may be a need identified to improve access to recreational programs for persons with disabilities.”

The Family Wellness Committee is made up of representatives from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes, the City of Kawartha Lakes Parks, Recreation & and Culture Division, Community Living Kawartha Lakes, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, HKPR District Health Unit, Lindsay Downtown Business Improvement Association, Lindsay Wildcats Basketball and Safe Communities CKL. More information about the survey is available by calling the Health Unit at (705) 324-3569, ext. 207, or hitting the ‘Contact’ button at the bottom right of the www.joininckl.ca website.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Lisa Kaldeway, Health Promoter, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569.

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