Sports Leadership

In the News: Leaders hit the court at the YMCA of Oakville
YMCA sport leadership program gives youths a head start
Oakville Beaver, June 18, 2016 by Nathan Howes, special to the Beaver


Congratulations to our graduates!

A special ceremony and reception was held on Thursday, June 9 to celebrate the graduation of 2016 participants from the Halton Sports Leadership program. A total of 11 youth (100% of participants) from T.A. Blakelock Secondary School, White Oaks Secondary School and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary graduated from the program, now in its second year. In 2015, the pilot program saw 15 youth graduate, earning new skills and experience for a brighter future.

The Halton Sports Leadership Program is a collaborative, asset-based development program focused on providing low income and at-promise youth with opportunities to develop leadership skills, expertise and certifications in sports and recreation. The program offers youth who are facing personal challenges and/or economic hardship an opportunity to:

  • Develop the skills and confidence needed to pursue a post-secondary education, embark on a career path and give back to their community through meaningful employment.
  • Obtain certifications to seek part-time employment in the area of coaching, community sport officiating and/or lifeguarding and swim instructing.
  • Learn about healthy child development, developmental assets and program quality through nationally recognized certifications in YMCA Healthy Child Development and Parks and Recreation High Five.
  • Gain a Standard First Aid & CPR “B” certification through the lifesaving Society of Canada.
  • Learn how to develop a cover letter and resume and conduct a job search.
  • Potentially seek part-time and/or seasonal employment with the Town of Oakville and/or the YMCA of Oakville

Halton Sports Leadership is presented in partnership with the Halton Catholic District School Board, Halton District School Board, Halton Poverty Roundtable, the Town of Oakville and the YMCA of Oakville.

For more information, visit Halton Sports Leadership Program or contact Teresa Rinaldi, Manager of Community Initiatives at 905-845-5597, ext. 226.