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Community Sport Development Coordinator | Sport Nova Scotia

Supporting Community Sport Groups

If you are involved in Community Sport Group looking to promote opportunities, please feel free to send them along if you would like the information to be included in the Community Sport Updates and on Valley Active Communities Facebook and Twitter pages ! 

Community Sport Profile 

Annapolis County Recreation partnered with the Atlantic Division of CanoeKayak Canada to host the mobile kayak program at Raven Haven over the summer. West Hammer, a world-class sprint kayaker facilitated a two day learn to kayak program for children and youth. 

For more information about what happened, click here for the Annapolis County Spectator video

Do you have a community champion, coach, athlete or sport administrator in your organization that you would like to recognize? Email me with a picture and profile summary of their contributions to your organization/community and it will be included in the Community Sport Update! 

Sport Makes a Difference

Learn about the benefits of sport. Join Sport Nova Scotia on Facebook and Twitter! Watch for the Sport Makes a Difference campaign on CTV, radio stations province-wide, billboards, The Chronicle Herald and on social media!

Sport Makes a Difference video: click here

Sport Nova Scotia Facebook: click here

Sport Nova Scotia Twitter: click here

Sport Spotlight: Cycling

Bicycle Nova Scotia is the provincial organization of cyclists in Nova Scotia. We are commuters, mountain bikers, racers, recreational riders and elite athletes, who work together to grow cycling in Nova Scotia. Our different sectors develop youth athletes, collaborate with government and other organizations to make cycling safe and accessible province-wide, develop sustainable mountain bike trails and serve as the governing body for all cycling competition in the province. Bicycle Nova Scotia is a volunteer organization. 

Bicycle Nova Scotia celebrates commitment to provincial bikeways network: October 7th Press Release here.

Some opportunities for children, youth and families to bike in the Valley Region include: Trips for Kids and Annapolis Valley Mountain Bike Association


If you're interested in giving cycling a try or know someone who would like more information about cycling opportunities, contact Melissa Sullivan | Community Sport Development Coordinator 679.4336 

For more information about Bicycle Nova Scotia, click here

What sport would you like under the spotlight in the next Community Sport Update? 

Fall Fundraising Opportunities

Is your organization or club expanding programming? Is your team travelling? Sport Nova Scotia offers some great Fundraising opportunities for community sport organizations. 

Subway Sunsweep Information Package

Raise Money Through Sport Fund

Parasport Funding

The Parasport Jumpstart Fund was created by Canadian Tire Jumpstart and Canadian Paralympic Committee to help get more kids across Canada involved in sport. The fund helps to support the costs of sports and recreational programs for children between the ages of four and 18, who are financially disadvantaged and living with a disability.  Funds may be used towards registration, transportation and equipment costs for children within approved Parasport programs.

Sport Opportunities

Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association
  • Mountain Ride-A-Thon Sunday October 27th 11am 2258 Brow Mountain Road
    Ride and explore the trails while helping us raise money for new saddles and equipment! Enjoy a BBQ afterwards and learn more about our program
    FSTRA currently services 50 clients who present with varying exceptionalities from surrounding communities for weekly riding lessons.
    In order to participate, you must have a NSEF number. All forms/waivers and donation sheets can be found on our website:
    Enjoy the lovely Fall view of the valley amongst the trails! A great way to spend a colorful Fall Sunday.
  • For more information, click here

Evangeline Trail Boxing Club
  • The Evangeline Trail Boxing Club wants you to take the "Yes Test" 
    For more information and to join, please contact 678.6218  Bryan Gibson 

Annapolis Valley Speed Skating Club (VSSC)
  • Fast is Fun 10 Week Program: Saturdays starting October 19th 10:30am-12noon at the Western Kings Arena. Cost: $125 60 minutes/week and $175 90 min/week -- includes free skate loan program for first year speed skaters
  • For more information contact Valley Speed Skating and like them on facebook!

School Opportunities

Try-Learn-Play Introduction to Field Hockey 
  • Field Hockey Nova Scotia has a program aimed at bringing the opportunity to play indoor field hockey to all interested schools and recreation associations across Nova Scotia. 
  • For more information click here or contact Stephen Goosen, Director of Development 902.471.4007
Passport for Life
  • Launched September 18th! Passport for Life is a free Physical Literacy Assessment Tool for Grade 3 to 6 Teachers!
    Click here to download the Passport for Life Teacher's Guide
    Click here to download the Passport for Life Assessment Form
    Sign up today to create an account. The online platform includes assessment tools complete with "How To" videos, recording forms and rubrics, links to additional resources as well as information for teachers, parents and students and a goal setting program to support you in helping your students improve their physical literacy skills throughout the school year!
Doctor's Nova Scotia 
Kid's Run Club 
  • This program is FREE
  • This season there is an opportunity for a Girls Only Program. For more information on this opportunity, click here
  • Participants in this program are elementary, junior high and high school students. Previous experience with running isn't a prerequisite as Kid's Run Club can be adapted in terms of the amount of walking and running done by participants.
  • For more information, click here or contact Kerry Copeland by phone: 902.468.8935 ext. 278 or email: 

Coaching Opportunities

2013 Multisport Schedule
  • Part B November 15th - 17th in Lawrencetown (396 Main Street)
    Design a Basic Sport Program Friday 6:00pm-10:00pm
    Teaching & Learning Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm 
    Basic Mental Skills Sunday 9:00am-12:00noon
  • Part A November 29th and 30th Fitness and Sport Centre Classroom 14 Wing Greenwood 
    Making Ethical Decisions Friday: 6:00pm-10:00pm 
    Planning a Practice Saturday 8:30am-3:30pm
    Nutrition Saturday 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • Register online:  
  • Cost: $20/module or $60 for all three
  • For more information, contact Melissa Sullivan | Valley Community Sport Development Coordinator 679.4336
Online Portal: 
  • Have you visited the website? This website features various resources and links, event calendar for upcoming training opportunities, funding, Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) and much more!
  • Coaching Nova Scotia is a new portal dedicated to providing information about the training, education and development of coaches across the province. Every child involved in sport in Nova Scotia will benefit from the guidance of a coach/leader/instructor that has been trained or certified appropriately and this site aims to provide information and links to enable coaches to reach this goal. 
Interested in Becoming a Coach? 

4th Annual Sports Day in Canada: November 30th. 

This national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance, is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport, build community and national spirit and facilitate healthy, active living. So let's get out and play together!

Join the Sports Day in Canada celebration by hosting an athletic or sporting event from November 23 to 30!  Your event could be a try-it day, open house, game, competition, meet-and-greet, tournament, fun run or something you already have planned.

Register your event online by October 15 and enter the Get Out and Play contest for a chance to have your event featured on the Sports Day in Canada broadcast on November 30. Plus, you could also receive a $2500 grant from ParticipACTION and a FREE Event Celebration Kit to help make your event even better! To register your event for Sports Day in Canada, visit

Consider hosting a Community-Wide Event  where you team up with other organizations, your municipality or mayor, local politicians or athletes, and open your event up to the public.  You could be eligible to receive a Sports Day in Canada Community-Wide event  grant – but you must register your event online and apply for the grant by October 23. For more information on how to apply for a grant, please contact Alicia Tyson at or 416-644-0497.

Let’s ‘Get Out and Play’ this November for the love of sport!


Interesting Active for Life articles for October:

John Herdman: Our kids need Play Angels

My daughter in sports: Finding her place

10 ways raising a physically literate child is like raising a reader

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