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SportWORKS Projects

Commonwealth Games Canada has been involved in over 125 sport for development and sport development projects in over 30 countries around the world. Brief summaries of some of these projects are given below which includes: their geographic location, partners involved, and the associated CGC initiative.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development highlights sport as “an important enabler of sustainable development”. It recognizes the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect, and the contributions it makes to the empowerment of women and girls, young people, individuals, and communities, as well as to health, education, gender equality and social inclusion objectives. Thanks to the generous support of the Government and Canada and our other donors, CGC is proud to be one of the world’s pioneers of international sport for development and sport development work.

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Youth Education Through Sport (YES)

  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe

As part of the Commonwealth Sport Development Program, CGC helped develop the Youth Education through Sport (YES) program which imparts life skills to the youthful athletes using sport as a platform. YES is made up a series of competitions based on three components: sport, peer education and community projects. It is implemented in all ten provinces of the country allowing wins to move from ward, to district, to province, to region and ultimately to a national “YES festival”.

For many years the YES festivals were re-christened Kicking AIDS out Festivals because of the program’s emphasis on dealing with HIV/AIDS.