New KidSport partnership will help locally

The Norwich chapter of KidSport, a national not-for-profit helping children get involved in sports, will share in the benefit of a new partnership announced recently.

KidSport has partnered with dairy processor Saputo which will contribute $600,000 over the next three years to help remove the financial carriers to sport. According to the company website, Saputo aims to encourage and support organizations and programs that promote healthy lifestyle habits through proper nutrition and physical activity.

This ties in with the KidSport mandate to help remove financial barriers that prevent kids from playing sport by providing assistance for registration fees and sport equipment to children aged 18 and under. Through a confidential application process grants are provided to kids through 177 community chapters so they can play a season of sport.

Norwich chapter representative Darren Dayman said locally, there will be a benefit from this national partnership.

“KidSport Canada distributes a portion of all proceeds to the provincial bodies including KidSport Ontario who then distributes their funds to all of the local chapters, such as ours, based on a formula that includes how many dollars we have granted and how many children we have helped,” said Dayman.

He said KidSport Norwich and District helps an average of 20 children per year participate in various sports and has granted over $20,000 in the past five years.

The local chapter began in 2006 and has been helping children with registration fees and equipment for hockey, baseball, dance, gymnastics and other organized sports.