By Emily Jaycox For the Independent
There’s still time to register for spring sports programs, and if finances are a barrier for your family, the Stettler chapter of KidSport can help.
“Spring is busy for summer programs but more (applications are received) in the fall for winter programs,” said Laurie Myshaniuk, the president of the Stettler KidSport chapter.
According to Myshaniuk the Stettler chapter receives about 190 to 200 applications a year, with an average 10 per cent increase each year.
Grants of up to $750 per child per year for registration fees are available for families who meet the criteria based on family size and household income.
“KidSport covers all organized sports.”
The most common sports families apply for assistance with in Stettler are tae kwon do, dance, football, soccer, gymnastics, curling, bowling, baseball or softball, swimming, skating and hockey.
KidSport also gives grants for sports camps and local sports programs.
KidSport currently distributes approximately $60,000 each year in the Stettler area.
“One-hundred per cent of our funds come from donations and 100 per cent goes towards the children and their programs and projects.”
In 2017, KidSports Alberta helped 13,208 kids into sport and distributed $3.2 million towards registration fees.
To apply for a KidSport grant, first register your child in a program and indicate you intend to apply for KidSport.
An online application can then be completed at www.kidsportcanada.ca/alberta/stettler.
If approved, grant money will be sent directly to the sports program.
Stettler Minor Soccer is taking online registrations until Feb. 28.
In-person registration will be held a the Recreation Centre on Feb. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m.
The deadline for Stettler Minor Baseball is also Feb. 28.
Any registrations received after that are subject to a $50 late fee. No registrations will be taken after March 15.
To register for swim classes, go to stettler.maxgalaxycanada.net.