Charting the future of sport in Delta

Pair of information sessions in Ladner to discuss creating long term athletes–from childhood to adult

Charting the future of sport in Delta

The Delta Sport Council in partnership with the newly formed BC Sport Agency will be hosting two information sessions this Wednesday (Sept. 26) and Oct. 10 at the Ladner Community Centre about the future of sport in Delta.

The purpose of the sessions is to open dialogue with all sport stakeholders about the impact the Canadian Sport for Life model will have for sports in Delta.

In 2005, the Federal Government adopted the Sport for Life model as the standard by which it will allocate funding to sports organizations across the country. One key component of the model is Long Term Athlete Development, a developmental pathway that encourages active children to become active adults and reduce the number of children who suffer from the sport burnout often seen in competitive sports.

According to Delta Sport Council President, Barry Howard, “One of the focuses of the sessions will be to discuss how we can implement the Sport for Life model in Delta in order to have lasting impact on athletic excellence, long term citizen health, and a holistic strategy for the entire sport sector in Delta. This is about bringing sport stakeholders together to improve sport for everyone in our community.”

The keynote speaker will be Drew Mitchell, Manager of Sport Technical & Performance Services at the BC Sport Agency—an organization selected by the province to monitor sport funding.

Mitchell will outline important changes taking place on the provincial and national sport scene that will affect all sport groups. Mark Parker of Langley Soccer will also speak on the success of the Canadian Sport for Life model in his community.

The sessions take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ladner Community Centre (4734 52 Street).

Anyone interested in the future of sport in Delta is encouraged to attend these free public sessions.

For more information or to register, please email or visit the Delta Sport Council website at

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