Travel support for non-profit sport organizations

ViaSport partnering with BC Ferries to help kids participate in organized sports

ViaSport British Columbia is renewing a partnership with BC Ferries to make travel to and from sport events more affordable for athletes and families.

The BC Ferries Sport Experience Program was developed to provide travel support to not-for-profit sport organizations by assisting with ferry costs for athletes attending competitions and selection camps. Eligible applicants can apply for ferry vouchers online and are selected on a rolling year-round intake, based on criteria outlined in grant guidelines as determined by both BC Ferries and ViaSport.

“We recognize that playing organized sport, especially when competing at a higher level, can often become expensive for teams and families,” says Cathy Priestner Allinger, ViaSport CEO. “With our partners, ViaSport is always looking for ways to help reduce barriers to sport participation. We are thrilled to have BC Ferries’ continued support in helping us achieve this.”

Through their Sport Experience Program, BC Ferries is providing up to $100,000 annually in the form of in-kind travel to this initiative, affecting thousands of sport participants across the province every year since the program’s inception.

Demand for this program remains steady, with 2013 seeing 3,790 participants supported from 47 different sports, reaching 68 communities.

“BC Ferries is proud of its association with ViaSport, which enables us to help kids participate in organized championship sporting events,” said Janet Carson, BC Ferries’ vice-president of Marketing and Travel Services.

For more information on the BC Ferries Sport Experience Program including grant guidelines, eligibility criteria and to apply online, visit the ViaSport website.

Applications are currently being accepted for trips scheduled through to March 31, 2015, and must be submitted at least 12 business days before the first day of travel in order to be considered.

 

– BC Ferries

 

 

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