Commonwealth Games Canada brings its award-winning international development through sport programme home with new initiatives
A key part of Commonwealth Games Canada’s (CGC) mission is to “enhance the lives of youth across the Commonwealth”. The organisation is proud to have been one of the world’s pioneers of international sport for development for over a quarter-century, leading over 125 local sport projects impacting more than two million youth in over 30 nations and territories.
Last week, in addition to its international programming, a new focus of CGC’s development through sport shifts home to Canada, with its “Sport for Newcomers” project - designed to reduce or eliminate selected barriers to newcomer youth sport participation and enhance the capacity of newcomer service organisations in Canada. Starting with two pilot projects in Edmonton and Toronto, CGC expects that the initiative will lead to increased sport frequency rates and retention of young newcomers to Canada.
"Our SportWORKS projects have impacted the lives of millions and transformed communities around the world,” said Richard Powers, CGC president. “We are thrilled that the model we have used successfully for a quarter-century is now being brought to Canada and are proud to be launching two pilot projects in Edmonton and Toronto. We believe in the power of sport and its ability to transform lives, and know that newcomers to Canada will benefit from the social and health impacts of participating in sport.”