Sport & Gender Equity Funding, News (Guelph Minor Softball Association)

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Aug 16, 2022 | Ken Winslow | 128 views
Sport & Gender Equity Funding
We have some EXCITING NEWS!

GMSA has been looking at opportunities to support the advancement of gender equity within our community.  We are excited to announce that we have received funding based on our proposal submitted in 2021. 

"While Canadian Women & Sport wasn’t able to fund all of the great initiatives as part of the 2022 WISE Fund, our partners at Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities supported by the Government of Ontario, would like to lend their support to advancing gender equity within the province of Ontario. We are reaching out to inform you that your organization is eligible for the grant to deliver the gender equity initiative described in your 2022 WISE Fund application." 

The Focus of our Initiative:
GMSA will increase the leadership skills and representation of girls and/or women in sport and physical activity in our community to overcome the barriers to creating equitable sport for women and girls. 

Girls aged 13-17 in our competitive program(s) will be working side-by-side with female coaches to develop and deliver softball skills clinics to youth aged 4-9 in our community. Programs will be developed and approved with the aid of certified coaches and an early childhood (ECE) educator.

Activities include:
- Developing softball training sessions for children
- Leading and delivering softball training sessions to children

- Encourage personal growth and volunteerism
- Deliver softball clinics that are developed by female athletes
- Develop a closer bond between multiple age groups, teams, and coaches
- Create a new dynamic between the girls in this age group that focuses on personal development and leadership in the community.
- Attract more girls to our house league, select, and competitive programs
- Create an environment that helps girls develop a stronger bond to their sport through friendships and building life skills

Our initiative will endeavor to help keep girls involved with the sport of softball through their teens. It offers a strong, sustainable opportunity for women to lead, coach and play softball while engaging their community and challenging each other. We want to impact the community by helping women and girls find and/or show their voice and build stronger relationships with each other to keep them actively engaged in sport in our community.

Our organization will use the Grant to help cover the costs of running the programs at our indoor training facility, as well as costs associated with renting city owned diamonds and facilities, if required. These costs include maintaining COVID-19 protocols (if required), ensuring that we provide and maintain the appropriate equipment, and facility rent.

Thank-you Canadian Women & Sport, Jumpstart Charities, and the Province of Ontario for your recognition and generous support!

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