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Table 2 Program Descriptions

From: Study protocol for a 2-year longitudinal study of positive youth development at an urban sport for development facility

AgeAvailable ProgrammingExpected OutcomesEvaluation Tool
6–12Learn to Play (Sport Plus)
• Registered, structured 8-week program, 1x/week for 1 h
• Coach led according to programming curriculum designed to build sport specific skills, general movement skills, and sport-specific knowledge
• Minimal competition
• Sport options: basketball, soccer, futsal, ball hockey, football, multisport, rugby, rock climbing, golf, lacrosse, dance, tennis, run club, adapted sport
Open Gym (Sport Plus)
• Unregistered, semi-structured sport program offered multiple times per week in 1-h blocks
• Participant-directed learning that is supported by a coach to develop intrinsic motivation and autonomy, general movement skills, and participant-selected movement and/or sport skills
Sport + Nutrition (Sport Plus)
• Registered, structured 9-week program, 1x/week for 2 h
• On-court physical activities, sports, and games of low organization, plus kitchen activities and nutritional education
• Co-led by kitchen instructor and on-court coach
• Designed to develop general movement skills, general kitchen skills, and understanding of health concepts (nutrition, physical activity etc.)
PA Day Programming (Sport Plus)
• Registered 1-day full-day program that includes sport and physical activity programming as well as off-court activities
• Program runs on school holidays throughout the school year
Day Camp (Sport Plus)
• Registered 2-week full-day program that includes sport and physical activity programming as well as off court activities
Plus Sport Program Partners
• Quantum Sports Learning Association – Registered after-school academic support and athletic coaching program, 1 day/week for 2 h/session
• Square Circle – registered after-school social circus program, 2 days/week for 2 h/session
• New Leaf Yoga – unregistered after-school yoga program, 1 day/week for 1 h
Homework Club
Homework support is available from 4 to 6 pm 3 days/week
Increased Physical Literacy
Increased Physical Activity
Increased rates of participation in sport and physical activity
PLAYself
1-week pedometry
Self-report of regular sport/physical activity participation
All outcomes are also assessed through scheduled qualitative data collection
13–18Learn to Play (Sport Plus)
• Registered, structured 8-week program, 1x/week for 1 h
• Coach led according to programming curriculum designed to build sport specific skills in tandem with a relevant life-skill, general movement skills, and sport-specific knowledge
• Minimal competition
• Sport options: basketball, soccer, futsal, ball hockey, football, multisport, rugby, rock climbing, golf, lacrosse, dance, tennis, run club, adapted sport
League Play (Sport Plus)
• Registered, structured program – duration is variable (5x/week for 1 week, 2x/week for 4 weeks, or 1x/week for 9 weeks)
• Coach led including practice plans & game play, designed to build sport specific skills in tandem with a relevant life-skill, knowledge of sport-specific rules, tactics, and team play
• Each program day includes practice time, a game, and a team meal
• Sport options: basketball, soccer, ball hockey, multisport, volleyball
Multi-Day School Field Trip (Plus Sport)
• Structured 8-week program in collaboration with local schools
• Classes attend 4 half-day sessions 1x/2 weeks
• Program content is a blend of physical activity and workshop-style learning with two options: Sport + STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and “Fuel for Fun” (nutrition and physical activity)
• Concepts taught in programs are reinforced at school by the classroom teacher
Boys’, Girls’, & Co-ed Leadership Camps (Plus Sport)
• Registered, structured 5 day (1 week) full-day program
• Coach led blend of on-court and off-court programming including sport-specific skills, general movement skills, teambuilding & leadership activities, and life skills
Leaders-In-Training (Plus Sport)
• Registered, structured 8-week full-day program (5 days/week)
• Participants must apply
• Program includes 2 weeks of job skills training and certifications, 5 weeks of coaching day camps, and 1 week of professional development field trips
Open Gym (Sport Plus)
• Unregistered semi-structured sport program
• Participant-directed learning that is supported by a coach to develop intrinsic motivation and autonomy, general movement skills, and participant-selected movement and/or sport skills
• Drop-in game play is available
Plus Sport Program Partners:
• Peacebuilders International – Registered restorative justice program, 3 h 1 day/week for 6 weeks; youth diverted from the court system participate in a blended off-court and on-court program that includes talking circles and complimentary physical activities as an alternative to sentencing
• Pathways to Education Group Mentoring – Registered program, 3 h 1 day/week for 24 weeks; youth participate in a blend of off-court and on-court activities relating to themes such as identity and anti-oppression, communication and teamwork, and relationships
• Pathways to Education Iron Chef – Registered program, 2 h 1 day/week for 8 weeks; youth participate in a blend of activities in the kitchen and on the court relating to food budgeting, food preparation, and healthy physical activity
• SoCirc – Registered social circus program with a performance element, 3 h 1 day/week for 8 weeks
Increased Life Skills
Increased Academic Performance
Increased Health Behaviour
Increased or continued sport and physical activity participation
Life Skills
• Resilience (Child & Youth Resilience Measure)
• Self-Esteem (Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale)
• Self-Regulation (Motivation and Self-Regulation Subscale from the School Attitudes Assessment Survey)
• Social Competence (Social Competence Teen Scale)
• Grit (Grit Scale)
Academic Performance
• Self-Reported School Attendance
• Report Card
• Self-Report of highest grade/level completed
Health Behaviour
• Healthy Behaviour Questionnaire
• 1-week pedometry
Self-report of regular sport/physical activity participation
All outcomes are also assessed through scheduled qualitative data collection
19–29Plus Sport Program Partners
• NPower Canada – Classroom-based technical support professional training program that runs 5 half-days/week for 10 weeks with an on-court sport and activity component for 1 h/day 2 days/week
• Covenant House – Kitchen-based hospitality placement training program that runs 5 full days/week for 8 weeks with an on-court sport and activity component for 1 h/day 2 days/week
Open Gym (Sport Plus)
• Unregistered semi-structured sport program
• Participant-directed learning that is supported by a coach to develop intrinsic motivation and autonomy, general movement skills, and participant-selected movement and/or sport skills
Increased employment, apprenticeship, or training placement
Increased rate of participation in sport or physical activity
Self-report of placement in job, apprenticeship, or training full- or part-time
Self-report of regular sport/physical activity participation
All outcomes are also assessed through scheduled qualitative data collection
All AgesEvents
• One-time events providing specific demographic groups with novel experiences with specific intended outcomes, such as:
 - Empowering Girls through Sport
 - Kyle Lowry/Adidas event
 - Michael B. Jordan appearance
 - Community Celebration days (facility launch and anniversary celebrations)
 - Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect Camp
 - Toronto Maple Leafs “Next Gen” game
 - Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors viewing parties
 - Basketball clinics
 - 3 on 3 basketball tournaments
 - MLSE game experiences
Drop-in Counselling
• Drop-in counselling with Child and Family Therapists
• Therapists are available several hours each week in an on-site Wellness Room
Snack Program
• Fresh after-school snacks are provided 3 days/week for participants and their families
Outcomes relate to age-specific outcomes identified aboven/a