Community sport participation study gets underway
April 17, 2012 by Stephen
The Centre for Sport Capacity at Brock University in St. Catharines has received a $482,000 grant to headline a study to examine the capacity of sports organizations across Canada.
Canada has more than 33,000 community sport organizations, and is the largest volunteer activity in the country. Printing companies often partner with sports clubs, facilities and organizations, particularly for flyer printing for schedules and announcements, and poster printing for banquets, community events and team photos.
With a growing and diverse population, the needs of participants and sports organizations across Canada are changing. The Centre for Sport Capacity will examine the structure of the sports organizations in Canada, from common activities like soccer, hockey, tennis and baseball, to emerging sports such as cricket , beach volleyball and Frisbee football. The aim of the study is to identify improvements to the quality of amateur sports organizations that can better serve families, encourage participation in sports and to help athletes achieve their goals.
For many Canadians, cheering your team to victory from the dugout on a baseball diamond was an important part of childhood. Team or individual sports continue on into adult and later years for many others. Participation in amateur sports is filled with lessons of good sportsmanship, fair play, winning gracefully, and losing with pride in what you have achieved. Many lasting friendships are founded on the comradery from participation in team sports.
The three year project at Brock University is in collaboration with the Canadian Sport for Life, Basketball Ontario, the Ontario Soccer Association, the Ontario Volleyball Association, and the Toronto Sports Council, all of which use printing services for operations and advertising.