What is Sport Hub Antigonish?
Sport Hub Antigonish is a pilot project that supports collaboration amongst community sport organizations, municipal recreation departments and provincial stakeholders to enhance the quality of sport in our community together.
Sport Hub provides a one-stop-shop solution that reduces the resources required to plan, enroll, and manage sports while strengthening the accessibility of all sports through improved collaborative scheduling, age grouping, amongst many other initiatives that maximize the positive impact on athlete improvement and overall participation in sport.
As we continue to grow, the Sport Hub will then look to engage additional sport providers and stakeholders, for further partnership opportunities. Long term planning includes a number of other collaborative actions to make sport better, together, in Antigonish. Stay tuned!
How do I sign up for an account?
In the upper right corner of this website, you’ll see two options on the menu bar: “Log In”, or “Create an Account”.
Click on “Create an Account” and it will lead you to a form page where you will create a username, and fill in your name and email address. Here you will also create a password for your account (and must type it twice to confirm!)
Once you have everything filled in, click "Save" to create your account.
When your account is successfully created, you will receive a confirmation email at the address you used that will welcome you and provide your username for your records.
You can log in any time with your username and password. If you have any trouble, email firstname.lastname@example.org
PS. Be sure to mark the Sport Hub email addresses as safe. Each email service is a little different in how this is done, but you can "whitelist" us by adding us to your address book. Add the admin address above, as well as email@example.com as this is the address our newsletter will come from!
I'm not receiving emails from the Sport Hub, what's up?
If you arent seeing our emails come through, check your junk or spam folder. If our emails are heading to your junk, trying marking our address safe.
You may need to add our "From" email addresses to your address book and/or Safe Sender list. This is sometimes referred to as "whitelisting" and it ensures our emails will come to your inbox.
All email providers are a bit different when it comes to whitelisting an address. If you have any trouble doing so, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to guide you.
Just be sure to check your junk mail for our response :)
Does it cost to have a Sport Hub account?
No way! This service is free and is made possible by generous support from:
Each sport program will have varying costs depending on what they offer. You will be able to sign participants up for various activities with multiple organizations and easily keep track of the associated costs. In short, the programs may have fees associated but being part of Sport Hub is free!
How do I register?
Welcome to Sport Hub Antigonish! The first time you use the Sport Hub site, there are some additional steps required for set up. Once these steps are complete, registrations will be quick and easy!
Sport Hub is much more than the registration portal, it is a community wide, collaborative initiative with many long-term goals to improve community sport. As part of Sport Hub, the new website is locally developed and constantly evolving and growing. We are always interested in your feedback - email us at email@example.com.
Setting up your Family
Adding Family Members
I would rather register for sport in person, is this possible?
That was the plan! In 2020 we were going to bring each of our partner organizations together for a number of in-person registration events to get everyone in the same place at the same time to kick off the Summer sport season and allow families time to ask questions and get to know the various organizations.
For obvious reasons we are not currently able to gather so this offering is on hold for now. We look forward to holding these events in the future and talking to you then! Be sure to create an account and sign up for our emails for now so when the time comes we can communicate with you.
Where do I find the "Additional Information Form" for a participant and how do I submit it?
This is a mandatory form for all participants – required prior to participation in any activity.
There are a number of ways a parent/guardian can get the form:
1. At the bottom of the profile builder page for each family member, there is a link below the “Additional Information” text box that will open the form.
2. The form is also linked HERE! Clicking will open the form in a new tab for you to fill out.
3. The Community Sport Organization will also email this form to all families once the participant has been confirmed in the program. This email will contain instructions as to how best return the form.
Once the family has either downloaded or been sent the form, there are two ways to fill it out:
1. Fill the form in digitally on the computer. (In this case, you can save the filled-out version on your computer to use in the future with other organizations)
2. Print the form and fill in by hand.
It is important for the organization to receive the form in advance of participation so their volunteers are prepared to create a safe and welcoming environment for all involved.
The Organization will communicate the best way to return the form, but here are some options:
How does the Organization store and use the form?
If you have any questions or concerns around this process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Am I able to unsubscribe from the Newsletter?
Creating an account will sign you up for our newsletter list. However, you can maintain your account but unsubscribe from the newsletter any time.
When you are logged in, click on your username in the top right corner. Here you are able to subscribe and unsubscribe to the newsletter list. Here, you can also change your password.
But we'd hate to see you go! We won't over-send, we promise!
What does Sport Hub (Sport Nova Scotia) do with my data?
On the Sport Hub website we only ask information that is critical for use by the community organizations that we serve and that you associate with. Your privacy and security is our first priority.
We collect information from you and your family in two ways:
The owner/caretaker of the online data is Sport Nova Scotia. This data is used:
The caretaker of the confidential medical form (“Additional Information Form for Participants”) you fill out and submit is the organization that you submit it to. The suggested Sport Hub protocol in regards to their management of this form is as follows:
Are there any resources/ideas for staying active at home?
Some of our local athletes wanted to demonstrate how they are staying fit and having fun when required to stay at home.
This video includes some ideas for continued training and activities during off-time from the usual activities you and your family may be missing out on due to the current public health situation.
An organization or team I am interested in is not listed here, why is that?
Sport Hub is brand new and still in pilot phase, so not all organizations in the area are integrated yet. As we are developing all this locally, we've had to keep it manageable to grow sustainably.
Other groups have their own way of registering and like to keep it standardized year over year or are committed to other systems for various reasons, and some of these are partners at a different level, more for communications at this time.
Over time, new sport organizations will likley become available on Sport Hub, but until then, if there’s a group your child wants to play with that isn’t listed on Sport Hub, you’ll have to contact that team directly to sign up. If you'd like to see them join the Hub, let them know :)
Who delivers each sport?
Sport is directly delivered by our community sport organization partners – coaches from the track and field club deliver track, softball coaches deliver and so on. It's the same great organizations you are used to dealing with! Each sport remains their own individual organization, with their own board members, volunteers and leaders (i.e. Celtics Soccer is still Celtics Soccer). The Sport Hub simply provides an umbrella of overall support and structure to our partner organizations to work together in a variety of areas that increases the quality of sport for our community as a whole.
Can children play multiple sports?
Absolutely! We strongly encourage this, especially at a young age. In order to make this easier to do, our partner organizations have worked together to coordinate schedules togetherare fewer programming conflicts, especially for the young ones. Instead of, for example, having Soccer and Track on the same night at the same time for the same age group, we've worked hard to align schedules to encourage multisport participation. Cool eh?
What are the typical "sport seasons" and when should I expect registrations to happen?
Generally, there are two main sport seasons. We run registration in the early Spring for Spring/Summer programs, and run registration again in the Fall for Fall/Winter programs.
However, there may be some activities available to be registered for on the Sport Hub site that have registrations at other times of the year. Some Summer sports, for example, have a registration later into the Spring than the first round. Some orgs do registration in the fall, some do it at the end of the year and start in the new year. There could also be "one-off" camps or activities that drop any time of year...
So be sure to keep an eye on the site and on your inbox for Newsletter updates!
As a coach or board member, how do I get my team/organization involved with Sport Hub?
We would love for you to take part in The Hub community! Send your information to email@example.com letting us know you’re looking to integrate your organization, and someone will reach out to you to continue the conversation.
Is there financial support available to help a child get involved in sport?
There are a number of programs that help cover some of the costs associated with sport and recreation participation.
KidSport provides grants to kids (18 years old or younger) from families facing financial barriers so they can participate in registered sport programs. Our local chapter, KidSport Antigonish, provides grants of up to $300 per eligible kid, per year (January 1 - December 31) towards sport registration and equipment fees. Application deadlines for spring/summer sport programs are May 3 and July 2. To apply for a grant please visit https://kidsportcanada.ca/nova-scotia/antigonish/ or contact Denise Fougere at (902) 863-1141 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart is a community based charitable program for families facing financial barriers to cover children’s sport or recreation registration fees. Applications are accepted and reviewed six times a year. Application deadlines are: January 1, March 1, May 1, July 1, September 1, October 1, & November 1. To apply, please print, complete and submit the application form found on the County website: https://recreation.antigonishcounty.ns.ca/funding-programs/
Gary Boone Leadership Development Fund provides financial assistance to new initiatives in leadership training development which result in: Increased involvement in physical activity leadership roles and skills of community recreation and sport leaders. Examples of eligible initiatives include: course to become certified instructor, coaching certification programs, referee clinics and more. Application form can be found on the County website: https://recreation.antigonishcounty.ns.ca/funding-programs/
Bonvie MacDonald Rinks to Links
Raising funds for children and youth who cannot afford the high cost of playing minor hockey. Additional beneficiaries of the tournament have included Big Brothers Big Sisters, Antigonish Early Childhood Intervention, Tim Hortons Children’s Foundation and St. Martha’s Hospital Pediatric Department. https://www.bonmacr2l.ca/
I live in a different area, but this approach sounds amazing! How can I bring Sport Hub to my community?
The more Hubs, the merrier! We’d love to help you out to incorporate this model into community sport in your area.
If you’re interested in starting up a Sport Hub in your community, contact us at email@example.com with your ideas and questions.
How do I become a volunteer with one of our community sport organizations?
All of our partner community sport organizations are volunteer organizations with a variety of volunteer role opportunities on an ongoing basis. Roles such as board members, coaches, officials, etc. are critical to the delivery of sport at the community level. Do you have computer skills? Accounting skills? Management experience? Think you could run a canteen? Get in touch with the organization of your choice using the contact information on their details page.
If you have any general questions, feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have some feedback about this website, who do I contact?
We want everything about sport in Antigonish to be as simple and clear as it can be. That goes for this platform too! If you find any functionality issues, please let us know.
For example, if the font is the wrong size, or the colours make it hard to read, or the menus are difficult to navigate. We want to make sure finding the information you want is easy, so help us serve you better by letting us know of any issues you encounter.
Simply bring the issue to the attention of email@example.com
I have some great sport photos I would like to share, do you accept media for promotional use?
Stock photography is boring. To enhance our promotional materials, we would love to have real photos of real local families participating in real local programs! With the permission of those in the photos, of course.
If you have photos you would be willing to share with us to use in promotional material for our local organizations and the hub, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org