MoreSports is a collaborative initiative that began in 1999 starting with 3 neighbourhoods in the inner city of Vancouver. MoreSports currently provides sustainable sport and physical activity opportunities for children and families living in Vancouver. In doing so, the organization has a special focus on people who typically do not participate in sports such as girls, children from diverse ethnic groups, and those who simply face barriers to participation in sports such as cost
The ‘MoreSports Model’ is truly unique and represents sustainability and inclusivity in action. From its early beginnings until today, MoreSports actively engages ALL partners in the delivery of its programs and events including community centres, neighbourhood houses, local schools, recreation organizations, local government, local sport organizations, community school teams, non-profits, private businesses and foundations. Community capacity building, sport development and youth leadership are the key goals of the organization. By reducing traditional barriers to sport and physical activity such as the cost of participation, transportation, lack of programming and facility infrastructure, plus inability to participate in more typical competitive sport systems, MoreSports is a true success story.
Today, MoreSports involves 6 Hubs that encompass 16 Vancouver neighbourhoods, multiple partners, parents, volunteers and thousands of kids located primarily on the East Side. Currently, over 1,000 kids regularly participate in sports and physical activity programs, such as soccer and basketball, thanks to MoreSports.
Every child in the city, regardless of social or economic background or special needs, will regularly participate in a sport and develop a life-long love of being active.
To create sustainable community sport programs in Vancouver neighborhoods, so that all children and youth have an opportunity to develop fundamental life skills and a love of sport.
To actively engage all stakeholders in the delivery of its programs and events including community centres, neighbourhood houses, local schools, recreation organizations, local government, local sport organizations, community school teams, non-profits, private businesses and foundations. And to sustain the delivery and growth of these programs through the recruitment and training of neighbourhood youth and parents to continue as community based leaders and coaches of younger kids in sports programs.
To learn more about MoreSports, check out www.moresports.org.