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A NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF SPORT IN CANADA
The event is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the power of sport, build communities and national spirit and facilitate healthy and active living.
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RBC Sports Day in Canada is a national celebration of sport, from grassroots to high-performance levels, in communities across Canada. The event was presented by Canada’s national sports broadcaster CBC, ParticipACTION, True Sport and RBC as title sponsor. The objectives of Sports Day are to create a more robust sport culture, encourage greater participation in sport and raise the appreciation level for the role that sport plays in fostering a better, stronger society. In order to support and promote local sport and recreation opportunities with the intention of increasing long-term participation, communities in every province and territory are engaged and mobilised to host events.
An event for all
The vision of RBC Sports Day is to reach out to all Canadians, young and old, to build, solidify and celebrate the role of sport in Canada. By engaging national and provincial sporting organisations and their networks of coaches, athletes and volunteers, school communities, recreation facilities, families, workplaces and community leaders, over 1,800 events are held annually.
A wide variety of events
In the week leading up to, and including RBC Sports Day, local organisations, communities and schools across Canada throw open their doors to celebrate sport at the local level, and help build momentum for Sports Day. On the ground, in communities across the country, organisers hold a blitz of “RBC Sports Day in Canada” events, with community-wide festivals, try-it days, open houses, games, competitions, meet-and-greets, tournaments, fun runs, spectator events and pep rallies.
Promote sport and physical activity
Over the past two decades, sports participation rates in Canadian youth and adults dropped significantly. RBC Sports Day aims to create momentum to combat inactivity and promote physical activity.
Support active societies
RBC Sports Day seeks to connect Canadians with their local sport and recreation offerings with the intention of long-term participation and improving health.
The programme is promoted using a variety of communications channels, including television, radio, print, public relations, social media, e-newsletters, promotions, presentations, webinars, marketing collateral and community outreach. The programme also engages other sectors and organisations, such as the sport, physical activity, recreation and education sectors, workplaces, National Sport Organisations, Provincial Sport Organisations, municipalities and public health, to get involved and help promote the programme.
The evaluation includes both process and outcome measures. The process measures provide information on programme delivery and reach to be used for ongoing improvements. The outcome measures evaluate what has occurred as a result of the programme and determine whether the programme has achieved its objectives.