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Northumberland Sports Council receives provincial funding

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today


As part of Ontario’s support of sports-and-recreation projects to help people stay healthy and active, Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi has announced a $90,212 grant for the Northumberland Sports Council.

The funding is in support of the group’s Physical Literacy for Communities Project, which is planned to educate, train and mentor Northumberland Sports Council member organizations and their communities in the benefits of physical literacy.

“Northumberland County Physical Literacy for Communities Project will provide leadership, engagement and training to enable Northumberland County to become a Physically Literate Community using a successful model promoted by Canada Sport for Life to provide on-the-ground support for program development, sector-specific training in measurement, tracking and evaluation,” the press release said.

Over the course of this project, it is expected that 100 staff and volunteers will be trained and 500 qualified leaders will be created across the county.

Sports council president Eugene Todd said their group has long been an advocate of sports and recreation programs.

“The members understand the importance of physical activity and the need for residents of all ages to participate in active and beneficial endeavours,” Todd said.

“This funding will help the council promote the value of physical activity and help residents with their journey to become more physically literate.”

In his press release, Rinaldi said the strategic work of the council will promote the importance of physical fitness in all our lives, “and in particularly children’s.

“This not only provides exercise benefits but helps improve confidence in our young people.”. 

This is one of 127 projects the province has supported through the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund, which helps people of all ages not only to learn about the importance of physical activity as a foundation for healthy living, but to get involved themselves in a variety of activities – from gymnastics for children to exercise programs geared to seniors with mobility challenges to fitness classes for people of all ages and abilities.

The hope is also that some will become recreation leaders in their communities, training in such areas as coaching, youth development and volunteer development.

“For children, regular physical activity leads to healthier body weight, stronger bone density and improved mental health,” the press release stated.

“Later in life, physical activity helps maintain health and wellness and can prevent chronic diseases like cancer and Type 2 diabetes.”