News Local sporting groups receive provincial funding to return to action SHARE ON: Dione Wearmouth, staff Friday, Jul. 23rd, 2021 Cross Country Skiing (Photo by Pixabay) Funding is being distributed to six different local sporting organizations to help them recover from the financial burden of the pandemic and return to play safely. The Local Sport Relief Fund will provide the Caledonia Adaptive Snowsports Society, Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, Kodiaks Football Club, Nechako Karate Club, PG Minor Girls Fastball Association and the PG Minor Hockey Association up to $7,500 each. This is the second round of funding from the program after the first one allocated $1.5 million to 288 local sporting organizations across BC in January. “As B.C. makes its way through Step 3 of the Province’s restart plan, I want to thank the sport and recreational organizations for the central role they play in bringing people back together and in returning to the activities we love,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. According to the province, this will assist with expenses such as insurance, administrative costs, rent, storage costs, and equipment essential to providing sports programs. “It’s thrilling to be able to move forward in this province to a careful return to games, competition, and recreational activity,” said Charlene Krepiakevich, CEO, viaSport. “COVID-19 took a tremendous toll on sport organizations across this province. This funding acknowledges the need to financially support local sport organizations to ensure they are ready to help ramp up capacity as sport returns to communities.” 21 different organizations across the region will benefit from the second round of funding, including some in Quesnel, Fort St. John, and Smithers.