purpose + outcomes
- To engage sport community stakeholders across the province in the development of a provincial sport system that serves all
- To introduce and update stakeholders on work done to date to understand the current sport system and plan for its future
- To gain further input, momentum, and mandate from across the province for future work aimed at transforming the sport system
A Call to Action
Having sport in my life led to outcomes that were not anticipated:
Boost to self-esteem
Brings a community together
Become one nation / removes barriers
Learn work ethic in a different way (task-oriented approach)
Knowing how to differentiate between what you 'should' do and what you 'must' do to ensure you are going to live your dream.
—Tracy Cameron, Olympic Athlete
Great to see a diverse crowd. Know that we’re united by a love of sport and all it can do.
We’ve all experienced success, and we’ve been a successful sport system. We are seen as leaders in sport, but challenges remain.
Many benefits of sport such as learning to win and lose, training, dedication, time management, team work, self confidence, improved health.
We still are not reaching everyone we can so there is work to be done.
Don't want to be better, want to be the best.
This is a big challenge and a complex system. It will require everyone. With a shared focus and vision, we have the capacity to help every Nova Scotian to experience the positive benefits of sport.
—Jamie Ferguson, CEO, Sport Nova Scoti
WHAT HAS BEEN MY BEST EXPERIENCE OF WORKING TOGETHER IN SPORT?
Relationships & Successes - kids that I've worked with still reaching out to me.
Working with other provincial coaches and translating their experiences to our own sport(s).
I coached young girls to race. Their Mom participated in her first race because of her girls.
Cooperation between Tennis Nova Scotia and the Town of Amherst. Using this success as a benchmark and model.
Sport as the main way to raise physical activity levels in youth in a small community.
The support we have for each other makes it all worth it. Every winter on the Oval, when we host events, there are mixed ages, gender, races and abilities.
Most rewarding has been working with the Special Olympics community. Seen miracles happen at Special Olympics.
We are all working to make sport the best it can be. Let's do our best to keep that vibe up.
illuminating the future
For years quality sport advocates have been calling for an end to early single sport specialization which is having a negative impact on the youth sport system and the well-being of kids. Easier said than done as the obstacles and impossibilities are plentiful. Stephanie’s community, however, has cracked the nut: the Antigonish multisport program has emerged and is celebrated across the country as a national best practice model for Multisport delivery. Stephanie will show you how.
What we know in the sport world as a kayak was originally called aqajaq, the name of a traditional sealskin boat used for thousands of years to travel and hunt marine mammals and sea birds. You could usually tell where someone came from by the shape of their qajaq. Since it was completely covered, a skilled hunter was able to travel in wind and waves of the open water of summer and even manoeuvre through the moving ice in winter and spring. Allan MacDougall knew these origins when he was invited to be a paddling coach for members of an Inuit community from Northern Quebec; but that was only the beginning. Allan’s journey teaches us how the teacher can also be the student, and that sport is anything but a "one size fits all."
Was part of a team in northern Nova Scotia who wanted to provide better support to persons with disabilities in recreation and sport. Like others before them, they didn’t know where to begin. Unlike others before them, they turned that challenge in to an opportunity to build better understanding, and set off on a data-collecting mission. Armed with ideas, insights and perspective, today they feel enlightened and uniquely positioned. Peter will use the perspective of one boy and his family to share what they learned.
AMY WALSH & CAROLYN TOWNSEND
Sport Nova Scotia promotes itself as the voice for sport in our province. So when it came time to renewing the organization’s strategic plan, a courageous decision was made to collect ideas and input from as many voices as possible. Sport Nova Scotia’s Director of Communications Carolyn Townsend and Sport Nova Scotia's Director of Sport Development Amy Walsh will describe the engagement process that resulted in a plan that belongs to every Nova Scotian.
When Amherst declared its goal of being the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia, the list of barriers was long. Years of steady decline in sport and recreation and participants, facility access and population, coupled with increased fees, and the list goes on… Bill will share how his adopted hometown worked hard to discover the opportunities, resulting in a creative solution to an age-old problem. Ingenious in its simplicity, the program is soon entering its third year and catching the attention of municipalities across the country.
As the Manager of Development Programs with Hockey Nova Scotia, Brad identified an opportunity to introduce Canada’s favorite pastime to families new to Nova Scotia. They launched a program but it didn’t go as planned. They re-tooled and, a couple years later, they tried it again. This time it was so successful it has become a flagship program of Hockey Nova Scotia and their partner, ISANS, and it has been the proudest achievement of Brad’s career… but not by the measures you’d imagine. Brad will tell you why ‘hockey’ participation trails behind the most important outcome
WHAT ARE YOUR THREE BIG ACTION IDEAS THAT YOU COULD START NOW?
Start at grassroots level
Start with coach education & parent meetings
Multi-Sport Parent Education
Influence on kids
Sport for Change
Sport/Recreation as a social determinant of health
Removing barriers through sport
Harmonized Sport System
Harmonized sport system - PSO, NSO, Municipalities, Schools, Recreation Facilities
Common updated policy across PSO’s
Sport and Recreation
Bridge the gap between sport and recreation - define “sport”
Recreational sport first - no early specialization
Competitive sport at a later age
Regional Sport Forums
Use best practice model already in place #seewhyweloveit
Find champions and bring them together and let them go
Ask the kids/players/youth what they want and what is preventing or keeping them in sport and then take action
Connecting seniors, high school/university students as leaders to give back in the school system
Initiate smaller community conversations
Localize conversation within the community - more rural vs HRM
Local discussion between sport governing bodies with education boards, community figures, and the people
Different communities have different sport needs
Ministerial forum for mayors/municipalities focus don positioning of sport
Better communication/relationship building with municipal government
MPALs Teaching grassroots programs
Info sharing with public
Optimization of spaces and places (i.e. lakes, facilities, schools)
Mandate public facilities to become more accessible ($$, schedule for diverse demographic)
Facilities - better collaboration, utilization practice facilities, amenities, washrooms, change rooms
Transparent facilities and field booking structure in NS - an app?
Free unrestricted access to more facilities province wide
Education of leaders inclusion and increasing access to resources
Improve focus/create an action plan to improve adult education and access to physical activity and sport
Support training for under-represented populations
Financial reality check- cost of sport - less $$
Open Access to Sports
Already have legislation in the province
Has been in the works for several years - but still not open access
To address barriers to access
To build networks between stakeholders - sport leaders, Champs, PSOs, schools, transportation, parents, health professionals, kids
Align PSO Work
Reward PSOs to work with other PSOs with funding or additional resources.
Increase incentives for PSO and sport stakeholder collaboration (i.e. granting process)
Values-Based Funding - Does your sport have a potential to develop value towards future life?
Funding incentives for collaboration
Funding criteria - develop participation!
Bigger investment in prevention over treatment
SNS Lobby Govt for this
Facilities are an investment
$ for financial barriers in sport
Funding start conversation on funding to carryout these initiatives
Lottery $ for Infrastructure
Align - Let’s get Moving, Federal Gender Equity $’s, Disability, Indigenous - for access to sport $$
Change policy for access to school facilities and daily physical education opportunities
Mandate physical education/daily physical activity through Depart of Education (SNS, CCH, CSCA)
Promote that physical ed and recess are alright and not just a privilege - policy needed to support this
Schools sharing best practices in how they deliver day to day - how do we keep kids moving in schools?
Link between activity and academic performance
Educate and share - sport leaders and teachers dept. ed.
Train new generation of teachers in physical literacy
Daily physical quality education
Dept of Ed
School curriculum overhaul and influence on bringing quality PE back in schools
Sport and School
Education to the table
Mandate daily physical education in schools
Sport and schools - more of a connect
Coaching and reffing certification
Prioritize sport in schools
Discussion with Dept of Ed
Advocacy of school boards for programs in and out of school hours
School board and sport federation - partnered not segregated (working together for sport)
Understanding the current school/community relationship - what’s missing? Is there time and space?
Using schools to better deliver sport -working together with PSOs and CSOs
Proactively engage DOE - physical activity framework
Mandate this group to engage the Dept of Education and former school boards
Pressure government to make physical active a priority with literacy and numeracy
Establish a cross-sport Coach Institute of Nova Scotia (training and collaboration)
Provide leadership training to sport delivery professionals and volunteers to impact all aspects of sport
Investment in coaching
Minimize barriers ($)
More learning facilitators
With help from coach education and access and educators
Funding to do so
Increase in quality leaders
Coaches - education
Increase the value of youth physical development through professionalizing sport delivery (without increasing user cost)
More support for volunteers (i.e. policy check fee waived, waive all volunteer fees)
Tax credits for # of hours volunteered
Step by step resource materials from PSOs NSO at every school, center, church, etc for volunteers and coaches
Capitalize on role models and mentors and reach to rural communities
Promote and find a community star (see them, be them)
Bring 50 of the right people together, everyone with an idea
SNS make a list of community volunteers or “champions” to teach specific sport skill to help utilize cavities and equipment
Sending out success stories using different mediums. Better communication of all success (podcasts)
Physical literacy equal platform as literacy, numeracy
Sports Day in Canada - in the schools, individual clubs teaching, winter/summer
Change perception in funding model
Stop being risk averse
Use NAIG as a community development tool
Support reconciliation through NAIG - How can we help?
Other Great Ideas
Take success and scale for other communities
Equipment loans, storage, availability
Create a database of stakeholders to facilitate connections
Explore the concept of community sport council with paid leadership
IN CLOSING: WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR THE CORE TEAM AS THEY FORGE FORWARD?
Things I cannot control & focus on those with my ability to impact.
Dream Big and make change happen.
Facilities need to be more accessible whether schools, YMCA’s, arenas, fitness centres (cost, etc).
Sport needs to be more inclusive (i.e. ability, need, age, gender, culturally)
Don’t forget about the roles that recreation, leisure and education play within the sport system.
Think long-term. Think in terms of generational change (Mik’maq culture 7 generations ahead).
As you work towards inclusion of under-represented groups, be sure to include first person voice/experience of these groups.
Do not lose momentum!!
Education for parents, coaches and athletes.
Continue to communicate and engage us as participants. Let’s do a few things really well and not over commit.
Involve schools and the Minister of Education.
Knowledge should be shared from within all levels in sport.
Be open-minded. Pick one thing and do it immediately. Make sure you include all Nova Scotians in that choice. Engage grassroots stakeholders. A lot of resources to help the most people.
Pay attention to the social det. of health, urban vs rural, race, ethnicity, poverty, education, etc.
Spend more time or create a balance between elite sport engagement and active for life model.
Create the potential for creative solutions (i.e. $100,000).
Get out into the community and listen (rural areas not just cities).
Lose the judgement. Be open-minded.
Is it health performance or participation? What is the goal? Stay focused on it.
Establish key performance indicators (measurable).
Concentrate on the positives (what is the bright future?)
You cannot please all! 20/80. 20% must choice/decision = 80% of impact (highest) in 5 years.
Share information and work on collaboration. “Takes a village to raise an athlete.”
Act on inclusivity. For “all” where “all” really means “all.”
Leave your pre-conceived notions and agendas at home. This broad - province wide.
Clear pathway from all ages/abilities/backyards to high performance.
Narrow focus and delegate to ensure accountability. What is priority?
There isn’t one answer or solution - it’s continuous improvement.
Communicate often. Keep conversation going.
Replay this same model at the local level across the province before you act.
Focus on the positives and your strengths/shared objectives.
Help everyone find their sport(s)… for life.
Challenge the accepted norms.
Dear Core Team: Please engage new (unexpected?) stakeholders on an on-going basis. “Continuous fuelling the fire” with the right people, understanding those people change.
Schools being under-used - Oval is a perfect example of everything being free.
Don’t speak or assume the position of other groups in the system.
PARAMETERS FOR THE WORK
Broaden our reach
Increase participation of, and overcome barriers for, under-represented groups
2. INDIVIDUAL & ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Develop quality leaders (coaches & admin)
Build strong organizations
3. CULTURE OF SPORT
Celebrate success/tell our story
Achieve meaningful performance progress with our partners through excellence, integrity, innovation and collaboration