The Next Play: 50 Ontario Organizations Commit to Make a Difference for Girls in Sport 

Canadian Women & Sport is proud to announce to 50 Ontario sport, physical activity and recreation organizations selected to participate in The Next Play program, made possible by the Government of Ontario.  

The Next Play program empowers sport leaders with tools and resources to engage more girls and gender-diverse youth from diverse backgrounds in active recreation. Organizations will complete training to counter gender bias in program design and receive a grant to fund an initiative they will design during the program.  

In 2023, 180 sport leaders from 90 Ontario-based organizations engaged more than 3,000 girls in community-based programming thanks to The Next Play. 

“The message is clear: sport organizations across Ontario are eager to engage and retain more girls in sport. Through The Next Play, organizations will take essential steps to make their offerings more safe, welcoming and inclusive for girls,” said Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, CEO of Canadian Women & Sport. “Every girl should have access to the benefits of physical activity, and we’re excited to work with these sport organizations to realize this vision for sport in Ontario for generations to come.”   

Congratulations to the 50 organizations for their commitment to make a difference for girls and gender-diverse youth in sport and active recreation.  

“Our government is proud to support Canadian Women & Sport and the 50 Ontario sport, physical activity and recreation organizations that were selected to receive funding through The Next Play program,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “We will continue to work with our partners in the sport and recreation sector to remove barriers to participation and create opportunities for girls in communities across the province to realize the many benefits of being physically active.” 

The Next Play empowers sport leaders across Ontario to address barriers and expand opportunities for girls and gender-diverse participants.

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This project has been made possible by the Government of Ontario.  

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