Sports in Northern B.C. just became a little more accessible after it was announced the region is to receive a $390,000 Northern Sport Strategy.
Prince George-Valemont MLA Shirley Bond and Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Pat Bell made the announcement on Friday on behalf of the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett.
“With the Northern Sport Strategy, we are building on the momentum of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George – the biggest multi-sport competition ever held in the North,” Bennett said in a press release.
“This important program will ensure access to sport programs and equipment for B.C. families and communities, and will support high-performance athletes in their preparation and competition.”
The Northern Sport Strategy will ensure more children in the region have access to new sporting opportunities while benefiting high-performance athletes to ready them for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. It will support coaches and officials with educational programs, and enable community organizations and First Nations bands to access equipment.
The strategy will also support strength and conditioning centres at UNBC as well as the Fort St. John Athlete Training centre.
Applications for equipment grants are due March 4, 2013.