What is Sport Hub Nova Scotia?
Sport Hub Nova Scotia is a pilot project that supports collaboration amongst community sport organizations, municipal recreation departments, and sport stakeholders to enhance the quality of sport in our communities together.
Sport Hubs are collaborative approach to community sport delivery, focused on the access and retention of participants. Sport Hub provides a cooperative opportunity that reduces the time and maximizes resources required to plan, manage, and participate in quality community sport.
As part of the Hub initiative, this locally developed and constantly evolving site serves as a unique online tool for families. It provides a one-stop-shop approach that reduces the resources required to plan, enroll, and manage sports, while strengthening accessibility of opportunities through improved collaborative scheduling and newsletters, amongst many other shared initiatives that maximize the positive impact on athlete improvement and overall participation in sport.
As it continues to grow, the Sport Hub will then look to engage additional sport organizations, providers, stakeholders, and communities for further partnership opportunities. Long term planning includes a number of other collaborative actions to make sport better, together, in Nova Scotia. Stay tuned!
Can I watch a video on how to get started? How to set up an account and register?
Click play to watch the video below, or go to the link: https://youtu.be/Bp2a3V6JuZs
Where are the current Sport Hub Communities? And why is that?
Currently there are active Sport Hubs in Antigonish Town and County, as well as Truro-Colchester County. Initial work also is happening in few new communities across the province – keep watching for more Community Sport Hub development!
Because this is a new way of working, we're starting slow and learning as we go. As it continues to grow, there’s huge opportunities to share what works, and what doesn’t, with new partners, adding new ideas, new perspectives, and new people, continuously improving along the way!
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 softball programs, municipal recreation partners run their own programming, 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.
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.
Who are the community sport partners?
Community sport partners are grassroots, community sport organizations, municipal recreation departments, and stakeholders that collaboratively work to make sport better, together.
Each community sport organization partner has people who represent their voice by being active and engaged around a shared table, supporting the direction of planning and decision making. Municipal Recreation Departments help support the execution of the shared planning, while Sport Nova Scotia assists through the gathering of partners, facilitation of planning, and resource development.
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 likely 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 :)
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, social media managers, treasurers, bookkeepers, etc. are critical to the delivery of sport at the community level. We are currently in the process of building a Sport Hub Volunteer Registration Portal, stay tuned for more details on that coming soon!
Do you have computer skills? Accounting skills? Management experience? Think you could run a mean canteen? If you would like to get in touch with organizations, visit our contact page here and feel free to reach out to your community by sending an email. If you know which organization you'd like to work with, you can also get in touch with the organization of your choice by using the contact information on their details page.
If you have any general questions about this, feel free to send an email to email@example.com
What’s the purpose of having a Sport Hub account?
A Sport Hub account opens the door to access a variety of community sport participation opportunities in a one-stop-shop.
From being added to a community newsletter that promote the programs of all partners in advance of their programming, to the ability to register for multiple programs, for multiple organizations in minutes, a Sport Hub account gives you increased access to the opportunity to play!
How do I sign up for an account?
To watch a video, click here. Written instructions below:
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 your local community admin. Click here to get contact information for your community admins!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org as this is the address our newsletter will come from!
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!
If you are interested in pursuing financial support to participate, check out Kidsport and Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
What does Sport Hub 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:
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 earlier or 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!
Can children play multiple sports?
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 recreational sport schedules together so there are fewer programming conflicts, especially for the young ones (focus on alignment for recreational U5-U12).
Although avoiding all conflicts is challenging and dependent on moving parts, partners are working hard to align schedules to encourage multisport participation. Look to see incremental improvements each season as we get better and better at this through continued collaboration and communication.
Are there any resources/ideas for staying active at home?
When things first shutdown in Spring of 2020, some local athletes in Antigonish wanted to demonstrate how they were 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 organized activities.
Participaction has a number of inititiatives for getting folks active, to start check out this resource for 15 ways for you and your family to stay active at home!
Active for Life has many fabulous resources on their website: https://activeforlife.com/
Nova Scotia Connect is a great way to find unorganized Recreation and Sport opportunities, especially outdoor recreation. Select your region on the map and Search, Find, Play!
And check out Make your Move on facebook for more awesome ideas and events all having to do with adding more activity into your daily routine!
If you know of any other helpful resources we should share with the community, please send them along to email@example.com
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.
Please see the "Funding" page which is under the "Information" tab (top menu bar). Click "Information", then select "Funding" to find more information.
This page is different depending what "Community" you are searching in. For unique local funding opportunities, ensure your community drop-down menu at the top right of the page is set to your local community. For detailed information about province-wide funding options, click here.
These pages will be kept updated with the most recent and relevant information. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for help getting started.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas and questions.
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.
Be sure to whitelist both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com and we will try to guide you.
Just be sure to check your junk mail for our response :)
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! The newsletters that go out only have important community-specific information that we hope you are interested in receiving 👍
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I have some feedback about this website, who do I contact?
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