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Through the generous support of the Government of Canada and other donors, for 25 years Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) has integrated sport development and sport for development programming to promote indvidual and community social development, and build national sport system capacity, throughout the Commonwealth. Since that time CGC has led over 125 local sport projects that have impacted more than two million youth in over 30 nations and territories. These initiatives focus on: the empowerment of women and girls, the promotion of gender equity, youth leadership development, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and the building of sport capacity.

As described below, over the years CGC’s SportWORKS’ programming has been delivered through a variety of initiatives, including currently through the Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program. More information on CGC's international sport for development and development of sport projects, partners, and people can be found on the related pages accessed above.

SportWORKS Initiatives

Queen Elizabeth Scholars Program

Since 2015, as SportWORKS Officers and Queen Elizabeth Scholars, elite sport management students from Brock University have partaken in rotating, four-month assignments, as part of multi-year sport for development and sport development projects in Africa and the Caribbean. The projects focus in various areas such as: the empowerment of women and girls, youth leadership development, community engagement, Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), and multi-sport games planning and implementation. Read more about their experiences here.

Sport Leaders Abroad Program

From 2012-2014, the Sport Leaders Abroad Program (SLAP) leveraged the skills of established Canadian sport personnel to share best practices in a wide variety of areas, such as: coaching, officiating, athlete development, sport sciences, volunteer management, finance, and sport development, while also enhancing the Canadian sport system by providing international experiences to the expert participants.

CGA Capacity Support Program

The Capacity Support Program (CSP) was a joint initiative of Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC), the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), and Olympic Solidarity, designed to develop and strengthen the capacities of Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) and National Olympic Committees (NOCs) around the world. From 2009-2014, dedicated Canadian SportWORKS Officers helped further develop hosts’ organizational capacities in various areas of sport administration such as: marketing and communications, administration and governance, membership relations, sport development, and the team Games preparation.

Beyond the Podium

Through the Beyond the Podium program, from 2009-2014, CGC worked with local sport organizations in developing Commonwealth countries to use the transformative power of sport to enhance youths’ physical literacy, personal health and social skills. This included the creation and delivery of programs such as Bowling Out AIDS, a development through sport program whose goals are to improve the game of cricket, as well as improve cricket players’ knowledge, attitudes and behaviours around HIV/AIDS.

Canadian Sport Leadership Corps

From 2001-2009, the Canadian Sport Leadership Corps (CSLC) focused on international programs that innovatively applied development through sport to address social issues in developing commonwealth nations spanning: basic education, nutrition and health, capacity building, child protection, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Commonwealth Sport Development Program

As one of the world’s first international sport for development and sport development programs, the CSDP was a visionary initiative supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Sport Canada. It began in 1993 and continued until early 2000 as new programs were developed as the movement evolved.  The CSDP enhanced the capacity of the sport systems in African, Asian, and Caribbean Commonwealth countries by assisting with strategic planning and the training of: coaches, referees, administrators, and athletes. The CSDP also helped regional governments strengthen school-based physical education, and introduced sport management courses in colleges and universities.