May 13, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial and federal governments have reached a new agreement to increase sport participation in New Brunswick. This was announced today by Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert.
"The implementation of this agreement will help to address several recommended actions contained in the Sport Plan for New Brunswick," Albert said. "This funding is crucial to supporting the development of new program opportunities that reach out to children and youth who are not currently participating in sport."
The Canada-New Brunswick Bilateral Agreement to Advance Sport Participation (GO NB!) provides $1.65 million over three years to improve sport development for children and youth. The two governments signed a two-year and three-year agreement in 2003 and 2005, respectively.
"The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick believe that participation in sport is part of a healthy lifestyle and contributes to a healthy society by bringing people of all backgrounds and ages together," said Gary Lunn, federal minister of state (sport). "This agreement will help increase sport participation in the province and also support initiatives that will encourage more young Canadians to engage in active living."
Funding under the agreement will enable sport groups to provide new participation programming for children and young people.
Funding will also support public education programs such as athlete mentors who promote sport participation and its benefits in schools and community organizations.
Other initiatives will enable provincial sport organizations to hire technical expertise to deliver leadership training to community coaches. The province will also work to develop the capacity and opportunities for sport participation in Aboriginal communities.
More information on GO NB!, including guidelines and application forms, is available online.
MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Phillips, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.