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On July 29, 2016 from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m., the Churchbridge Aquatic Centre will be hosting its second Midnight Teen Swim.  The first was a test run and was held in June 2016.  This event was created when the teenaged pool staff noticed that there were very few teens coming to the pool, and recognized a gap in programming for teens at the centre.  This event is an attempt to solve that problem, and get more teens active in the community. 

The Midnight Teen Swim is supported by the Town of Churchbridge and the Churchbridge Aquatic Centre Operating Committee.  The Town of Churchbridge will receive grant funding from the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge to help with the purchase lights in order to support events like this over the long term.  The event organizers expect to see approximately 50 teens at the event.  With the funds provided by the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge, they also hope to reduce entrance fees for the Midnight Teen Swim, keeping it affordable for young people. 

The Churchbridge Aquatic Centre currently has swimming lessons for young children as well as programming for senior citizens and people with special needs.  The Centre, which opened in 2012, is primarily designed for families and young children.  However, the staff at the Centre are confident that providing an evening activity for teens will increase participation levels among their peers.

With the current inactivity crisis affecting youth today, conscious efforts like this will go a long way towards increasing physical activity levels of teens.  For more information on the inactivity crisis please visit www.participACTION.com

Background

The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) is the recognized leader for the wellbeing of people and communities through recreation. SPRA provides leadership, facilitation, programs and services to enhance the impact of recreation on the quality of life in Saskatchewan, and is the provincial coordinator of the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge Physical Activity Grant Program.

ParticipACTION is Canada’s premier physical activity brand, they help Canadians sit less and move more through thought leadership and innovative engagement initiatives.  One such initiative is the ParticipACTION Teen Challenge.  Sponsored by Coca-Cola Canada, the Teen Challenge breaks down the barriers that prevent teens from getting active by providing grants of up to $500 for ongoing events and $250 for one-time events. 

For more information about the event please contact Desirea Weninger, Consultant – Youth Engagement, at (306) 780-9219 or dweninger@spra.sk.ca.