By Sarah Klein
The Manitoba government provided grants to two community organizations on Monday to further their role in providing sports and recreation opportunities for the province’s youth.
The Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre’s youth drop-in program received $1,980 through the Sport Opportunities Program to purchase equipment for basketball, volleyball, soccer and badminton. The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association will use its $3,500 grant to buy equipment for its Mobile Mini Soccer Program, which brings soccer programs to the inner city and allows at-risk youth to participate in soccer programs.
Under the Sport Opportunities Program, organizations can apply for:
- Up to $10,000 for permanent equipment such as volleyball standards, goal frames and athletic field line painters
- Up to $2,500 for equipment with a shorter life span such as volleyballs, pucks and uniforms
“We know that investing in sport and recreation opportunities for kids outside of school is crucial to the well-being of our young people and the health of our neighbourhoods,” Premier Greg Selinger said. “We are happy to provide these grants to support community organizations that offer a variety of youth sports programs including soccer, basketball and hockey.”