Whether you are playing sports to compete, achieve your personal best, derive health benefits or have fun, there are many ways to be involved in sport in your community.
Provincial and multi-sport organizations such as Basketball BC, BC Wheelchair Sports, BC Special Olympics and 55+ BC Games offer opportunities to play, learn, join or compete in a sport. These organizations can also help you find clubs and teams in your community that provide opportunities to participate in sport.
The National Coaching Certification Program provides training and certification for coaches. These courses – offered throughout the province – instruct and certify coaches in how to teach fundamental movement skills for children learning to play sport as well as how to coach community or competitive sports. The BC Government supports coaching through funding to Coaches viaSport and provincial sport organizations to help ensure participants of all ages have access to trained and certified coaches and instructors.
The B.C. Government provides support for programs such as the BC Sport Participation Program and Community Sport Development Program grants that help organizations provide opportunities to British Columbians to get involved in sport. These programs are administered by viaSport.
The B.C. Government, through the Ministry of Community Sport and Cultural Development, funds the After School Sport and Arts Initiative which supports after school sport, physical activity, and arts programming in selected school districts around B.C. The initiative’s programs are targeted to children who face barriers to participation, help them develop skills that contribute to a healthy life through creative thinking and physical activity. This initiative is delivered by the Directorate of Agencies for School Health.