The Nelson Paddling Club is partnering with the Nelson and District Community Complex to expand the barrier-free paddling program. Photo: Tyler Harper

Grants handed out to Nelson sports groups

The B.C. Sport Participation Program aims at inclusive programming

Four Nelson sports organizations are receiving grants from the B.C. Sport Participation Program.

The Nelson Paddling Club, Nelson Boxing Club, Nelson Skating Club and Nelson Tennis Club will each expand their programming thanks to the provincial and federal partnership grant, which aims to make sports more inclusive.

The Nelson Paddling Club will receive $3,000 to expand its programming for individuals with disabilities in a partnership with the Nelson and District Community Complex’s barrier-free group.

Related: VIDEO: Giving Kootenay Lake back to special needs swimmers

Nelson Tennis Club will use its $2,000 to fund a community coaching course meant to increase the number of coaches for junior players in West Kootenay communities.

The Nelson Skating Club’s adult learn-to-skate program is receiving $1,500 to fund lessons for adults.

The Nelson Boxing Club, meanwhile, will use its $600 grant to introduce a girls ages six to 18 to non-contact boxing. Thirty local girls will also be given free one-month vouchers to participate in classes.

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