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Youth, underprivileged get funding for sports

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THE province and Ottawa inked a $2-million agreement Tuesday meant to encourage youth and underprivileged people to take part in sports.

The agreement consists of a roughly $900,000 investment from the federal government, and about $1.1 million from the province. The money will go to support sports in "children, young people, persons with disabilities and aboriginal people," Shelly Glover, minister of Canadian heritage and official languages, said in a release.

The announcement was the first for Glover since she became minister.

"Today is a contribution... that will help non-traditional groups who don't necessarily always have the opportunity to engage in sports," Glover said.

Other provinces and territories in Canada have bilateral agreements like the one announced today already in place. A similar agreement has also been in place in Manitoba in the past. The previous agreements, like the current one, are valid for three years, and all of them have been for the same amount. The money will be allocated by Sports Manitoba.

Minister of State (sport) Eric Robinson, who was also at the announcement, said the money will have a big impact on Manitobans families and youth.

"The bilateral agreement support projects that bring meaningful sports programming... that young people deserve," he said.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 21, 2013 A7

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