Parents are looking forward to the return of sports while sport organizations are concerned about ability to provide safe programming
TORONTO, June 10, 2021 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro One and the Coaches Association of Ontario launched the Return to Coaching Community Grant to provide coaches with the tools they need to get back to playing safely in-person. Coaches will be eligible to apply for up to $2,000 of expenses related to a safe return to sporting activities, such as new personal protective equipment, extra practice time, additional sport equipment to reduce sharing, safety training and much more.
With Ontario having released its three-step reopening plan, organized sports are set to resume soon. According to the recent Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Jumpstart State of Sport Report and a survey by Nationwide Survey Results, 87 per cent of parents are looking forward to the return of sports and recreational play for their children, while 81 per cent of sport organizations are concerned about their ability to provide safe programming in 2021. This new grant will help ensure coaches have the tools they need to help athletes return to sports safely.
"We need to ensure coaches have the resources necessary to continue supporting athletes and participants as they navigate this challenging time," said Jeremy Cross, CAO Executive Director. "This continued partnership with Hydro One provides coaches access to the tools they need to serve their community amidst the unpredictability of the pandemic situation and keep moving forward while keeping safety top of mind."
"The pandemic has put a pause on community sports and while we are all excited for these activities to restart, we know that safety remains top of mind for parents, community organizations and coaches," said Lyla Garzouzi, Chief Safety Officer, Hydro One. "Hydro One is committed to building safe communities and we are thrilled to launch the new Return to Coaching Community Grant to help coaches ensure the safety of athletes as they return to their sports."
The grant is part of the ongoing Safe Sport 101 partnership, developed last year between Hydro One and the Coaches Association of Ontario. Safe Sport 101 is dedicated to giving coaches the tools they need to make sport safe, fun and inclusive for all. The virtual hub has resources to both support in-person activities and to empower coaches with tips and resources to coach virtually. In addition to the virtual hub, the Coaches Association of Ontario and Hydro One have launched the return of the Hydro One Safe Play Award, awarded to one exemplary coach committed to promoting safety within their team(s) and community, as part of the 2021 Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards.
Applications for the Return to Coaching Community Grant can be submitted online at www.safesport101.coachesontario.ca. Submissions close August 8, 2021 and decisions will be issued by September 1. For more information on the Ontario Coaching Excellence Awards, visit www.coachesontario.ca/awards.
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SOURCE Coaches Association of Ontario