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November 10, 2010 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Maintains its Support to the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association

CORNWALL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - The Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) will be able to deliver its national championships, as well as the popular Female Apprentice Coach Program, as a result of the Government of Canada's 2010–2011 contribution.

"Our Government is proud to maintain its funding to the CCAA," said the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport). "The CCAA is essential in the development of collegiate sport, as they encourage young men and women to remain actively involved in competitive sports throughout their college years."

As part of this announcement, Minister of State Lunn also confirmed that funding to the Female Apprentice Coach Program will be maintained for 2010–2011.

"This program assists in the development of women coaches in Canada," added Minister of State Lunn. "The training of apprentice coaches encourages women of all ages to participate fully in their preferred sport. The success of the Female Apprentice Coach Program means we are providing athletes with the leadership and support they need to excel in sport."

"We value the continued support of Sport Canada for our national championship program," said Sandra Murray-MacDonell, Executive Director of the CCAA. "Our programming plays an integral role in the development of sport in Canada, contributing to the advancement of athletes, coaches, officials, and sport administrators."

"The Female Apprentice Program provides females coaches with significant opportunities for professional development," said Yvonne Becker, Chair of the Female Apprentice Coach Program. "We look forward to more graduates of this program filling coach positions across the country."

Funding of up to $332,900 to the CCAA for 2010–2011 will help support travel costs for athletes and officials to the following national championships:

  • 2010 CCAA Golf National Championships

  • 2010 CCAA Soccer National Championships

  • 2011 CCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship

  • 2011 CCAA Badminton National Championships

  • 2011 CCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship

  • 2011 CCAA Men's Basketball National Championship

  • 2011 CCAA Women's Basketball National Championship

  • 2010 CCAA Cross Country Running National Championships

An additional $80,000 is being provided to the Female Apprentice Coach Program through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program, a key instrument in the Government's overall approach to sport development in Canada.

The Government of Canada believes that participation in sport is part of a healthy lifestyle and contributes to a healthy society. Sport strengthens individuals as well as our communities by bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds.

The Government of Canada is the single largest contributor to sport in Canada and supports participation and excellence from the playground to the podium.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Gary Lunn, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    Vanessa Schneider
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations