Oakville celebrates receiving provincial grant with free family skate

Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund supports Make Your Move initiative

To celebrate Oakville receiving a $104,310 two-year grant from Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF), the town hosted a free Make Your Move Oakville family skate today at River Oaks Community Centre.

“This generous funding will help build on the success of the town’s Make Your Move initiative,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “Our Council is continuously striving to provide new opportunities for recreation in our community. This grant will help us do just that.”

Make Your Move Oakville is the town’s public education and awareness program that promotes the benefits of healthy lifestyles, and encourages residents to get more active through sport and recreation. Since 2007, the Town of Oakville has received over $300,000 in funding from the Government of Ontario for its Make Your Move initiative.

“This provincial funding will help Oakville promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by creating more opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities to participate in recreational activities,” said Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn who noted that “the upcoming Pan-Am Games will promote a legacy of encouraging residents to get more active through sport and recreation.”

With support of OSRCF funding, the town will expand its Swim to Survive Program over the next two years. The enhanced program will help families with children aged five to 12 develop the minimum skills required to survive an unexpected fall into deep water, and increase physical activity once individuals are comfortable in the water.

The town will also launch the “Road to the Podium” program by offering badminton, basketball, soccer, and tennis lessons to raise awareness of the upcoming 2015 Pan-Am Games. These parented programs will target families with children aged five to 12 with special focus on fundamental movement skills and increasing active family time.

Oakville will also continue to enhance active programming on its more than 200 kilometres of trails. Guided walks will be held on trails where wayward signs were installed as part of the previous Make Your Move grant, and will include warm up/cool down exercises, trail safety tips, and how to get the most out of your walk/hike.

In addition, Oakville community volunteers in recreation will be able to take part in the Active Leadership Workshop Series including the HIGH FIVE Principles of Healthy Child Development Certification; PREVNet’s Healthy Relationship Training Module (Bullying Awareness); and Developmental Assets.

Over the next two years, the skate and helmet rental service currently offered at River Oaks Community Centre will be expanded to Maple Grove Arena and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex to increase access to affordable and accessible recreational opportunities.

“This is absolute cause for celebration,” said Nina de Vaal, director of Recreation and Culture for the Town of Oakville. “We’re excited to enhance our programming to the community and thank the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport for supporting Oakville.”

For more information about Make Your Move Oakville visit the Make Your Move page.

Media contacts:

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005

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Oakville celebrates receiving provincial grant with free family skate