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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: With its commitment to achieving gender equality in sport at every level by 2035, the Government of Canada aims to provide all Canadians the opportunity to participate and excel in sport regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or ability to help ensure more women and girls in particular are able to enjoy the benefits of sport.
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On behalf of Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, an announcement was made today by Adam van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Sport), that the Government of Canada is providing $196,270 to Guelph Soccer for the advancement of gender equality in soccer.
This investment, provided through Sport Canada’s Innovation Initiative, will support Guelph Soccer project, She’s Got Game – She Can Coach, will be utilized for programming, operations and research expenses such as coach certifications, facility rentals, equipment and consultations.
Guelph Soccer will work, through this new project, to decrease the gender participation gap in soccer by providing services and activities that will help reduce barriers for women to become soccer coaches, encouraging girls and women aged 16–40 to take part in the program.
“The Government of Canada is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive Canadian sport system and providing opportunities for women and girls in all aspects of sport...Guelph Soccer’s new project that will help place more women and girls into leadership roles in soccer," said Steven Guilbeault.
Longfield said that he was proud to see our region being benefited from the government’s commitment to invest in a more equitable sport system enabling Guelph Soccer to continue to provide opportunities for women and girls to participate.
“At Guelph Soccer, we provide our members with quality sport programs that are fun, inclusive and accessible...We’d like to thank Canadian Heritage for recognizing the importance of gender equity in sport by funding innovative ways to engage more women and girls in sport,” said Sara Orrell, Executive Director, Guelph Soccer.
A non-profit soccer club in the city of Guelph established in the 1960s, Guelph Soccer with 3,500 current members, most of whom are youth, is the largest sport club in the city with its mission to inspire the community to reach its full potential by engaging in lifelong involvement in soccer.