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$1.5 million for community sports clubs

The province of B.C. is granting $1.5 million in funding for community sports organizations to help cover fixed operating costs. In a press conference today, B.C.
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Fort St. John’s Monroe Mize during the Inconnu Swim Meet on December 1, 2019.

The province of B.C. is granting $1.5 million in funding for community sports organizations to help cover fixed operating costs. 

In a press conference today, B.C.'s Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Lisa Beare announced the funding in partnership with Viasport, which will go towards ensuring local clubs can keep operations open and offer kids, adults, and seniors opportunities for physical activity. 

"The funding is for the community organizations such as the local swim club or local gymnastics club," said Beare.

This would include clubs such as the Inconnu Swim Club, the Dawson Creek Seals, and the North Peace Gymnastics Association, to name a few.

Details on which clubs qualify for the funding and how they can apply will be announced in the coming days. 

In addition to the $1.5 million, $3 million in funding from the federal government was announced today for provincial and national sports organizations. 

As of right now, B.C. remains in Phase 2 of Viasport's Return To Sport plan.

This means no spectators are allowed at events, physical distancing must be maintained, and only in-club play is allowed.

No timeline was given for when the province could move to Phase 3, which includes limited spectators, possible increased group sizes, and interclub and regional play. The minister said she continues to work with the public health officer on when it will be safe to proceed to the next phase.

The province has received return to play plans from 54 provincial and national sports organizations so far, and is awaiting a few more.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.