International Fun and Team Athletics (IFTA)

Organization Sponsor: International Fun and Team Athletics (IFTA)

Organization Partner: Ontario Trillium Foundation

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Program Description

International Fun and Team Athletics (IFTA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing children's Sports Educational services.
The following programs are offered:

1. Fun In Athletics is an exciting team competition that takes place in a standard gym. Renowned for its 'electric atmosphere' and inclusivity, FIA is designed so all children can have a fun sporting experience.
Using specially designed Reversaboards placed against opposing walls, a standard gym becomes a running track. Innovative and safe equipment is added for exciting and fun team relays.

2. The Agility Challenge is a complete fitness and skills development system. The Agility Challenge is both fun to do and easy to set up and run.

3. Infant Agility is a response to the growing demand for Fun in Athletics activities for the early years. To develop this new program we have worked with leading sports consultants, educational specialists and most importantly the children themselves to find out what makes the activities enjoyable and educational. The result is a set of 12 events grouped into 3 sets. Our field tests have shown this system is easy to use, enjoyable for the participants and will leave guardians and teachers assured in the knowledge their children are learning core skills and most importantly having fun doing it.

4. Based on the successful Sportshall Athletics concept, the Highland Games has been developed as a fun and exciting introduction to Celtic competition for children between the ages of 8 and 13.
Joining George Bunner and the development team for this project were Graeme and Vicci Allan who have been regulars of many of Highland Games events both in Scotland and overseas for some time. Graeme and Vicci have been asked many times to provide events for the local children and the Eveque Highland Games has been created in response to those requests.

5. Soccer Skills Challenge is a fun introduction to the basic skills required to play the game of soccer. The program is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion Active 2010 initiative and by the Ontario Soccer Association as part of its Play Soccer programme.

IFTA has built and trained a strong team of coaches, development officers and assistant volunteers in order to deliver top quality professional sports services. Our team is lead by Development Manager Milt Ottey who has three development officers working with him and many more trained coaches and assistants working on a part-time basis.

Program Approximate Cost: 

Free

Funding Sources: 

IFTA is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and has close working partnerships with many other organizations dedicated to keeping children safe, healthy and happy.

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The company employs a dedicated team of development officers along with a good network of enthusiastic and supportive colleagues. The Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion will continue to fund the data recording and processing service, which means all participating schools will be given a CD with their children’s performances and fitness levels - and if you book either the Agility Challenge or Soccer Skills event it’s still absolutely FREE!

Impact Of Program: 

Last year over 35,000 Ontario children experienced the joy of taking part in these fun programs and due to the increased demand we have increased our team size, which allows us to work with five schools each day! As part of this expansion we have established a new IFTA team in the North of the Province and will be continuing our work with Athletics Ontario delivering “Fun in Athletics” to remote and First Nation Communities.

Evaluation Tools: 

All activities have been created by professional coaches and sports athletes. Schools complete program evaluations.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

IFTA has built and trained a strong team of coaches, development officers and assistant volunteers in order to deliver top quality professional sports services. Our team is lead by Development Manager Milt Ottey who has three development officers working with him and many more trained coaches and assistants working on a part-time basis.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

At the moment keeping up with the demand from schools is the greatest challenge.

Length and Stage of Project: 

International Fun and Team Athletics (IFTA) began programs in schools in 2004.

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