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Township of Selwyn receives $68,000 in Provincial funding

On July 25, it was announced that the Township of Selwyn will be receiving $68,000 in funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) 2014-15

Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) for the “Activate Peterborough County and City” project. This joint project is a combined effort between the parks and recreation departments of each municipality in the County of Peterborough, the City of Peterborough and the Peterborough County-City Health Unit (PCCHU), as part of the Municipal Access to Recreation Group.

The “Activate Peterborough County and City” project is a two phase project spanning over two years that will serve to benefit over 134,000 residents from across 4,000 square kilometers. This project seeks to address the struggles that the recreation sector is currently experiencing in rural areas and small urban centres in Ontario.

Phase one will lay the foundation for a strong network of information sharing between sport and recreation groups within each of the nine municipalities that make up the County and City of Peterborough, determining the needs of these groups.

Phase two will provide capacity building activities such as Fundamental Movement Skills training, HIGHFive® training, NCCP Coaching certification, and volunteer development training. There will also be information sessions about Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) regarding physical literacy, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, and other related subsidy programs. By providing these training sessions, community groups will be able to develop their programs and services to be a sustainable and integral part of their community, in turn building a strong foundation for lifelong healthy, active residents.

For more information on the “Activate Peterborough County and City” project, visit our website www.selwyntownship.ca.

Background Municipal Access to Recreation Group

In 2013, the Township of Selwyn partnered with the City of Peterborough, the municipalities within Peterborough County, and the Peterborough County-City Health Unit (PCCHU) to develop a working group aimed at increasing access to recreation for its residents. The formation of this working group has developed a basis for municipal recreation staff to improve community programming, share resources, and exchange information. This initiative is the first of its kind in Ontario, where municipalities are working together to strengthen the sport and recreation sector and improve access to quality programming for physical activity.

Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF)

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) recognizes that providing Ontarians with opportunities to engage in community sport, recreation and physical activity is critical to improving quality of life. The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) was established to achieve a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity through the support of short-term projects that deliver high-quality and meaningful experiences to individuals at every phase of life. The OSRCF is targeted at populations whom lack equitable access to participate and/or have been historically less physically active.

The goals of the OSRCF program are to:

- Increase opportunities for sport and recreation PARTICIPATION

- Implement PHYSICAL LITERACY in sport and recreation activity as a foundation for lifelong participation

- Strengthen the community sport and recreation sector by building CAPACITY

The Fund strengthens the Ministry’s efforts in delivering and sustaining high-quality policies and programs that strengthen the sport and recreation sectors and benefit all Ontarians.

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