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Canadian Women & Sport is pleased to extend an invitation to sport and recreation organizations across Canada to apply for the Same Game Challenge thanks to funding support from Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities (Jumpstart). This project will support organizations to advance gender equity and improve opportunities for women and girls as participants and leaders in sport. 

Same Game Challenge is for sport leaders who are inspired to reimagine how women and girls access their sport but have been frustrated in their ability to make efficient and effective change. Sport leaders will be provided with a step-by-step process that guides them on how to connect with their members to identify gender inequities. Sport leaders and their organizations will develop the skills they need to create sustainable change that closes the gender inequity gaps they face. Participating organizations will also receive access to expert coaching and peer support throughout the process.  

Successful organizations will receive a $1000 honorarium towards their gender equity initiatives. There is no cost to organizations to participate or apply to this program.

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Who is eligible?

This application is open to sport, physical activity and recreation organizations across Canada such as minor sport organizations, clubs, recreation facilities, or other organizations that offer physical activity or sport in their community. 

How will organizations benefit?

Successful applicants will receive: 

  • Coaching and mentorship – guidance and advice for embedding gender equity into their organizational strategies, process, and programs 
  • Opportunities to share and learn with others – connect with other leaders who will be working through Same Game simultaneously 
  • Professional Development – Access to free licenses of the Gender Equity LENS e-learning module for their organization leaders  
  • Financial Support – $1,000 honorarium to support organizational gender equity activities 
  • Knowledge and Competency – Effective solutions and a better understanding of how to engage women and girls in sport 

What are the key timelines? 

  • September 1 until October 2nd – application open. 
  • Week of October 24th – organizations will be notified of the status of their application. 
  • Month of November – distribution of contracts and program information to selected organizations. 
  • January 2023 – onboarding and Same Game Challenge kick off meeting. 
  • January 2023 – July 2023 – Work through the Same Game process, one-on-one support and group meetings. 
  • July/August 2023 – Share learnings and successes. 

The application deadline is Sunday, October 2nd at 11:59PM ET.

For more information on the program, click here

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We would like to thank Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities for funding this project.

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