The pandemic made it abundantly clear how crucial sport, physical activity and recreation are to the health and well-being of children and youth. Community support and innovation has never been so critical in ensuring children and youth grow up with the experiences they need to be active for life.
“Alberta is a leader in so many ways, and youth sport is no exception. That is why we were so excited about the re-launch of the SPARC Alberta webpage,” wrote project coordinator CJ Blye in an email.
SPARC Alberta is a three-year collaborative project with key leaders in the sport, physical activity, and recreation (SPAR) sector. The team includes government, provincial sport organizations, Indigenous sport, disability sport, community sport, health, physical activity and recreation representation.
“Our goal is to build on the commitment and dedication within the SPAR sector to take a province-wide approach that results in a cultural shift in Alberta towards intentional positive youth development through sport,” reads the website.
“SPARC Alberta envisions a future where all children and youth in Alberta have access to sport environments that fosters equity, diversity, inclusion, and builds positive youth development in their own communities, to learn life-long skills, and to support healthy lifestyles.”
According to Blye, the organization is thrilled to work together across the SPAR sector and share resources, have meaningful conversations, and ultimately host the first ever Provincial Positive Youth Development (PYD) summit in October 2021.