BARRIER FREE SPORTS

Physical activity and sport participation are a challenge for many residents in Canada. Existing barriers to traditional programming include cost, transportation, physical fitness, or health issues. DWCC believes in using barrier free sports to remove any participant-identified barriers to create local neighbourhood opportunities for an active lifestyle.

Each program and opportunity is unique to the residents and community members it serves and works to gain continual feedback on what makes each opportunity more accessible than traditional options. The goal of the program is to increase the number of active people in the community by creating more neighbourhood-focused opportunities.

The programming will focus on those whose physical activity needs are not met by traditional programming and work in unique ways to create a barrier-free positive participation environment. The hope is also that the program will provide a source of advocacy for community members and help influence policies and procedures that will make physical activity more accessible and sustainable in the community.

COVID19 Update: we are following the directives of local and provincial government, and are therefore not offering any sport or fitness opportunities. We eagerly anticipate the time when we can safely engage in sports and fitness programming. Until such a time, we encourage you to get out and walk your neighbourhood, get to know your neighbours, and stay safe. 

From 2015-2020, we benefitted from the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation to run and grow our barrier free sports programming from one part of Windsor into four distinct neighbourhoods across Windsor. At the conclusion of the grant, we had to reduce staff and the number of programs, but we remain committed to providing barrier free sport and fitness in our downtown neighbourhoods. 

To do this, we rely on the generosity of our Windsor community through fundraising events like the Boston Pizza dinner, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra neighbourhood concert. If you would like more information on how you can support a kid to access sport, or to support barrier free sports in general, reach out to Bob Cameron at bob@dwcc.ca or 519-903-7629.

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