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Jumpstart is an after school physical literacy program designed to create opportunities for children to participate in recreation and community sport.
This innovative program, initiated and developed by Surrey Schools in partnership with the Tong Louie Family YMCA, Athletics Canada and BC Athletics, engages students who do not have the means to participate in organized sport and recreation outside of school hours.
The purpose of Jumpstart is to increase the physical literacy of participants through activities that teach the fundamental movement skills needed to be successful in sport and recreation. The goal is to connect students to community and schools based recreational opportunities and pursue lifelong physical activity.
Since its pilot year in 2010, Jumpstart Academy has grown and is delivered in 27 elementary schools across Surrey. Program leaders continue to see positive developments from the participants, including fundamental movement skills, display of fair play, connection to positive adult role models, relationships with new friends and an increased time spent doing physical activity or joining sports and community teams.
Two YMCA instructors, secondary high school volunteers and over 20 sport and recreation partner groups provide instruction, mentorship and support to the girls and boys who take part in the spring and fall sessions. The program runs after school for two hours either once or twice per week and includes selected sports and recreation field trips.
The Jumpstart program is made possible by the generous support of the following organizations:
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