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Sport for Life Centre Offering Training Opportunities for Inner City Youth
through RBC Royal Bank We’re All Champions Program

Winnipeg, MB – Many children living in the inner city or high risk communities do not have access to organized sport or physical education programs. For many disadvantaged youth the benefits of sport can mean staying in school, becoming a role model, or preventing gang involvement. This is why the RBC Royal Bank We’re All Champions program was formed and made possible through part of their $100,000 contribution to the Sport For Life Centre.

Through Sport Manitoba, the RBC We’re All Champions program will be working with the Winnipeg Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg to offer physical activity training and sport programming to youth ages 13-17.

Participants will be introduced to training techniques, safe equipment use, nutrition, sport specific skills and drills. They will learn through lectures, demonstrations and practices with certified Sport Manitoba trainers.

“Beyond increasing fitness and athletic ability, we want youth to learn the benefits of physical activity, discipline, and team work through the We’re All Champions program, “ said Grant Simons, RBC Regional Vice President, Commercial Financial Services. “Our goal is to help them build confidence through sport and eventually develop them to become leaders in their community.”

“Sports are one of the most popular programs offered to the youth we work with and the RBC We’re All Champions program has exposed our athletes to the latest training methods,” said Ron Brown President and CEO for Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Inc. “The benefits for our athletes and coaches are substantial and will go a long way in helping them achieve their potential.”

Each group attends the program for an eight week session that runs on the weekends. There will be three sessions per year. Up to 300 youth will be trained in 2013 and up to 1,500 over the next three years.

Under supervised training, youth use rowing machines, stationary bikes, weights, TRX and resistance training equipment. Experts will help develop sport-specific skills so these athletes are able to try out for middle and high school athletic teams of their choice, encouraging commitment to school and education.

“Programs at the Sport for Life Centre are unique because athletes of all levels training together provide inspiration and mentoring opportunities,” said Jeff Hnatiuk President and CEO for Sport Manitoba. “Once the training complex being built in the Sport for Life Centre is complete, even more youth will be reached through various programs being offered for the core community.”


Posted: January 29, 2013

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