Nelson will host the Terry Walgren Soccer Tournament from May 24 to 26.

Nelson KidSport boosts its funding

KidSport Nelson is pleased to announce an increase in funding for families in need.

KidSport Nelson is pleased to announce an increase in funding for families in need.

The national KidSport goal that no kid should be left on the sidelines has been given a local boost this month. Registrations and equipment costs can be financial barriers that sometimes prevent kids from participating in organized sport. That’s where KidSport can help.

The Nelson KidSport chapter has been running since 2007 and to date has allocated $83,000 to 580 local kids for sport registration fees and a further $2,500 for equipment. Most of that money was raised locally and stays local to support athletes in this community. The many financial supporters include large donors such as provincial government, Columbia Basin Trust, banks and service clubs but also local kids who give up their birthday gift money and loot bags to help families through KidSport.

At its April 25 meeting, KidSport Nelson approved an increase in its annual grants from $200 to $250 per athlete. Athletes can apply more than once in a calendar year to the maximum grant amount (now $250). That means if they play soccer for a $110 cost the remainder can be put toward another sport within that same year.

In addition, due to a required change in reporting to KidSport BC, KidSport Nelson will have two funding periods for 2013-14. Thus, athletes from six to 18 years of age, with financial needs, will have access to: $250 from April 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013 and $250 from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.  KidSport Nelson plans to review its financial position in December 2013 to determine if grant allocations can be increased further.

For more information or applications go to nelsonsports.ca and follow the KidSport logo.

 

Nelson Selects rep soccer will be holding its annual Terry Walgren Soccer Tournament and U12 Festival from May 24 to May 26. This is the first year it will be hosting both boys and girls teams on this same weekend in Nelson and consequently expecting a larger amount of teams (approximately 35 teams) to be in attendance. This is a change as in previous years the boys have been in Trail/Fruitvale and the girls in Nelson.

The Association is looking for local businesses to get involved with various sponsorship opportunities such as food donations, prizes or coupons. Contact  Lua Gerun at 250-354-1090 or nelsonselects@hotmail.com.

 

Kootenay Christian Martial Arts School will be hosting the KCMA Spring Challenge Tournament on June 1 at St. Joseph’s School gym from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome to come and check out  what Tae Kwon Do is all about. For more information contact Master Dean Siminoff, mastersiminoff@telus.net or 1-888-359-7598.

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