TRURO – Have you wanted to introduce your child to multiple sports at the same time?
The Municipality of Colchester County and Town of Truro have partnered with numerous other organizations to offer two more programs under Colchester Multisport.
“It all started after Antigonish did it for the first time a few years ago,” said Craig Burgess, recreation director for Colchester County. “We saw the huge success they had and wanted to offer it here.”
The program, which sees participants pay one registration fee and then participate in multiple sports over months, was offered for the first time in Colchester County earlier this year and Burgess said they were full at 30 registrants.
“A ton wanted it to continue and wanted to be signing their child up for every age group, and someone wanted it for adults,” Burgess said, adding the latter is in the works.
With the success with the program over the years, Burgess said it’s now going province-wide, with Sport Nova Scotia wanting to see it offered.
In Colchester County, the Active Start program, open to those registered in grades primary to one this year, will see 10 sports in 10 months. The program, however, is already full.
For those in grades two and three, Colchester Multisport Fundamentals runs from December 2017 to June 2018 and features seven sports – curling, lacrosse, skating, ringette, swimming, football and tennis.
“The program is pretty interesting to see,” said the recreation director. “More people get the opportunity to try different sports. There are multiple partners coming together with one goal in mind, to introduce their sport.”
He said an advantage for parents is having their child or children try out many sports, and hoping they’ll find one that’s a good fit.
At the end of the first offering, Burgess said some parents wanted to keep their children in for the second year (if they were in Grade Primary last year and eligible for Grade 1 this year), however the program is only open to first-time users.
“They understand that,” he said. “We’d love to do more, but we’re hitting these organizations to commit into four to six sessions. We could’ve easily filled 60 spots, but we didn’t want to tax them.”
The programs are open to all abilities, with those eligible for Fundamentals enrolled in grades two or three for the 2017-2018 school year. All sessions will be facilitated by recreation program coordinators and delivered by sport organizations in the county. Lessons focus on development of physical literacy through skill development and fun.
Registration for the Fundamentals program is $225. JUMPSTART assistance is available through the Town of Truro’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department.
For more information on the program or to register, call 902-897-3155, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Colchester Multisport page on Facebook.