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Athletics and organized sports have an important place in the education system and contribute to the health and well-being of students. In support of athletics at both the elementary and secondary level, there are two organizations which coordinate and encourage participation in athletic activities.
The aim of the York Region Elementary Athletic Association (YREAA) is to make the fullest possible contribution to the health, happiness and physical well-being of elementary school students by sponsoring well organized athletic activities and competition. The organization’s objectives are to encourage inter-school athletics, the advancement of physical education and promoting a sense of fair play in a manner consistent with the aims and objectives of the York Region District School Board. The five Board sanctioned sports that the YREAA is responsible for are: Cross-Country, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, and Track & Field. The YREAA Executive Members are comprised of York Region District School Board teachers, administrators, and superintendents. The executive is further arranged into a coordinating convener for boys and girls’ athletics and three representatives from the four quadrants of the board (North, Central, East, West). The YREAA meets four times during the school year to guide elementary athletics and create learning opportunities through sport.
The York Region Athletic Association (YRAA) offers student athletes opportunities to enhance their educational experience through high school sports. These sports are made possible through the efforts of individual teacher-coaches, school athletic designates, convenors and the YRAA executive who volunteer their time. YRAA members strive to provide a high standard of competition, maximize participation in athletics, promote a closer relationship with the participating member schools and to encourage fair play, good sportsmanship and a spirit of good fellowship.
Many secondary schools offer High Performance Athlete (HPA) Cooperative Education programs to support the learning needs of students competing and training with provincially and nationally recognized sports associations.
Bill Crothers Secondary School (BCSS) is an inclusive, character-focused learning environment that links excellence in education and athletics with a commitment to healthy, active living for all students. A system wide school, BCSS is focused on the development of Health and Physical Education programming as well as sports and academic innovation and achievement. BCSS will continue to explore innovative ways to holistically implement the philosophies of Canadian Sport for Life to benefit everyone. Specialized programming is offered through our diverse and daily Health and Physical Education/Co-operative learning choices of Teaching Games for Understanding, Fitness for Life, Creative Movement, Long Term Athlete Development, and High Performance Athletes. Students have the choice in participating in our Specialist High Skills Major with a focus on sport that provides an additional graduation certification through unique sport- specific learning opportunities to pursue qualifications, certifications and experiential learning in the world of sport. To learn more about the application process or programs available at BCSS, plan to attend an information session.
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