(April 2023) First Tee – Ontario was one of 90 organizations that qualified for The Next Play Grant from Women and Sport. The Next Play is a new grant program aimed at helping Ontario-based organizations design girl-centered sports programs and initiatives. By supporting sport leaders and organizations through The Next Play, more girls and gender-diverse participants will be able to access the benefits of physical activity. Made possible by funding from the Ontario Government, The Next Play aims to empower Ontario sport leaders with the skills they need to engage more girls in sport and active recreation.
“We know that girls and gender-diverse people face many barriers to fully participating in sport. We also know we can do something about it. It’s inspiring to see so many sport organizations across Ontario committing to engage more girls in sport. Through The Next Play, these organizations will work to break down barriers and help ensure equitable access to the benefits of physical activity. We’re excited to witness the impact of their efforts and look forward to seeing how they create positive change for girls in sport.” Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of Canadian Women & Sport
Two First Tee – Ontario coaches will undertake this training and, in turn, will focus on all-girls programming over the summer months.