After five years in the making, Sport Manitoba is turning the dream of a Sport for Life Centre into reality. A first in Canada, this unique and advanced resource will offer new opportunities for our city and our province:
The Sport for Life Centre focuses on learning, sharing, mentoring and growing. From the development of basic skills for kids and families to the training of Manitoba's "Own the Podium" athletes, the Centre will serve as a hub for education, skill-building and research.
Kids in the inner city, as well as those in remote and rural areas, lack access to programs and mentors. Through the Sport for Life Centre, new outreach programs will be brought to neighbourhoods in greatest need. Other schools and youth groups will participate in programs at the Centre. For example, our new neighbour Argyle School has never had access to a gym and this will be a place they can call their own.
We anticipate that more than 23,000 school children every year will be introduced to innovative new programs. On a visit to the Centre, kids could participate in a program designed to provide basic movement skills, then meet with a nutritionist to learn about how to fuel their engines and wrap up with an inspiring look at Manitoba's great athletes.
Developing a new generation of leaders and champions is a key element of the Sport for Life Centre. Our communities desperately need more coaches to support programming and services. Our centralized learning facility will provide the best research and education on sport and activity for grassroots volunteers, leaders, athletes, coaches and officials.
By bringing together health and education professionals with sport and physical activity experts, we are creating a forum to develop new programs, partnerships and synergies. Manitobans will now have one-stop access to: physical therapy, sport medicine physician, chiropractic services, massage therapy, psychology and nutritional counselling and biomechanical testing.
In addition, thousands of Manitoba Games participants, Team Manitoba athletes and provincial team athletes will gain access to much needed sport medicine and science research. New identification, evaluation and training opportunities will move them seamlessly from the provincial to national training levels resulting in greater opportunities for Manitobans to live their athletic dreams on the national stage.
The Sport for Life Centre is home to over 60 sport organizations, which collectively serve over 190,000 athletes, 100,000 program participants and approximately 25,000 volunteers, coaches and officials.
Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba (CSCM) will be active participants at the Sport for Life Centre. The CSCM is dedicated to the pursuit of podium performances by Manitoba’s high performance athletes and coaches and provide services in the areas of Performance Psychology, Exercise Physiology and Training, Career Counseling and Development. The activities planned at the Sport for Life Centre will complement the programming offered at the University of Manitoba.
Celebrating the achievements of others who have succeeded before us offers endless inspiration. Manitoba has a wealth of sport history and achievement that will be preserved and showcased at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, now located in the Sport for Life Centre.
Complete with in-house expertise, a clinic and education and exercise areas, the Centre will be an outstanding resource for all Manitobans in the battle against obesity. By increasing activity and making better nutritional choices, our community can take steps to adopt a healthier lifestyle and increase wellness.
Education and Training Space – Classrooms, meeting rooms, theatre and conference centre all located primarily on the lower level.
Sport Resource Centre – A Sport Resource Centre will bring together the educational resources of provincial sport organizations, Sport Manitoba and the sport science and medical communities. The Resource Centre will offer new educational programming to sport and community leaders, students and athletes.
Sport Medicine Centre – Accessible to the community, this unique clinic offers activity testing, research equipment and space, therapy treatment rooms and a full-time dietician. The public will also be able to make appointments directly with specialists in psychology, nutrition, massage therapy, sport medicine, chiro physiology and biomechanical testing.
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame – Dedicated to celebrating, preserving and showcasing the history and heritage of sport excellence and achievement in Manitoba, the Hall of Fame and Museum will be an inspiration for generations to come.
60+ Provincial Sport Organizations – The organizations collectively serve over 190,000 athletes, 100,000 program participants, and approximately 25,000 volunteers, coaches and officials.
New Home for Sport Manitoba and Partner Organizations - Manitoba Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Council, Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, Special Olympics Manitoba, KidSport plus more than 60 sport organizations including curling, volleyball, hockey, softball, basketball, football and golf.
Phase 2 is an 80,000 sq ft fieldhouse featuring:
The fieldhouse provides seamless transition between training, coaching, testing and therapy, which is a first in Canada. The sport expertise, fitness, training and coaching housed in Phase I will be put to use in the fieldhouse to provide programming for local schools, community groups, amateur sport teams and elite athletes.
The Sport for Life Centre is dedicating a third of its fieldhouse time to community programming and will consult with the community to develop relevant programs and programming, which will focus on sport participation and leadership development.
While we have many facilities in the province, this will be the first wellness clinic fully integrated with a training centre. The Centre provides the bridge between health care and health.
When both phases are up and running, the Sport of Life Centre will be used by 400,000 people every year on-site and the online resources by thousands more. That’s an incredible impact!