A collection of initiatives which sends Canadian sport leaders (called SportWORKS Officers) to Commonwealth countries from 1 week to 1-year placements designing and delivering sustainable sport programs and building sport system capacity. Since 2001 over 200 Canadian sport leaders have enriched the lives of over 2 million youth in 26 Commonwealth countries.
CSC SPORTWORKS SPORT FOR NEWCOMERS INITIATIVE (S4N):
Using the success of the SportWORKS program model, CSC has created an initiative focused on Commonwealth newcomer youth in Canada. The Sport for Newcomers Initiative (S4N) is designed to build and enhance the capacity of Newcomer Service Support Organizations (NSSOs) in Canada and to reduce barriers to sport participation for newcomer youth, leading to increased sport frequency rates and retention of this population. The Initiative aims to build NSSO organizational capacity through internship placements of SportWORKS Officers, who assist with the transfer of knowledge and capacity building at NSSOs for staff and volunteers, by developing resources/materials, building partnerships with local sport organizations, seeking local program funding opportunities and by assisting with the accumulation of data for baseline results of pilot monitoring and evaluation for future programming and longitudinal indicators.
CSC SportWORKS S4N pilot projects include:
CSC SPORTWORKS QESI:
Queen Elizabeth Scholars Initiative (QESI): CSC in partnership with Universities Canada, Brock University, and Mount Royal University prepare, send and monitor 70+ senior sport management students on 4-month internships, supporting sport development and sport for development projects in various Commonwealth countries.
CSC SportWORKS QESI projects include:
Bahamas – 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Support
Botswana – Botswana Long-Term Athlete Development Project
Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) – Rugby Development Project
Samoa – 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games Support
St Vincent and the Grenadines – Community, Multi-sport Club Development Project