Halton Sport Leadership Program

The Halton Sport Leadership Program 

The Halton Sport Leadership Program (HSLP) is a sport education program that provides low-income youth the empowering opportunity to gain confidence, leadership and experience through free training in nationally recognized certification programs in a variety of sports. This is a unique opportunity that provides great experience and the skills for future employ-ability and career prospects.

TheHPLP is a collaborative asset-based leadership development initiative for youth that was inspired by the success of the Toronto Sport Leadership program launched in 2005.  The need to duplicate this program in Halton was realized and spearheaded by the Halton Poverty Roundtable and will be piloted in 2014 in Oakville, with the long-term vision to have additional delivery sites across Halton in the next few years.

The program is collaborative in nature and will involve a number of partners. The curriculum framework will be developed and the program will be lead by the Town of Oakville and the YMCA of Oakville.   Other important partners include the Halton District School Board and the Halton Catholic District School Board.  As the program evolves there will be potential for other partnerships that may include; the NCCP, the Ontario Basketball Association, The Ontario Soccer Association and the Lifesaving Society of Canada.


Program Objectives

To provide local youth who are facing personal challenges and/or economic hardship with an opportunity to:

  • develop new skills and gain the confidence to pursue a post-secondary education, embark on a career path and give back to their community
  • gain the certifications required to seek part-time employment in the area of coaching, community sport officiating and/or lifeguarding & swim instructing
  • learn about healthy child development, developmental assets and program quality by gaining nationally recognized certifications in YMCA Healthy Child Development and Parks and Recreation High Five
  • gain a Standard First Aid & CPR “C” certification through the Lifesaving Society of Canada
  • learn how to develop a cover letter & resume and effectively conduct a job search
  • potentially seek PT and/or seasonal employment within the Town of Oakville and/or the YMCA of Oakville

For more information please contact Leena Sharma:

  • leena@haltonpovertyroundtable.com
  • 905-635-3131 ext. 303